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Lawsuits pending: Will new OT rule go into effect July 1?

A new U.S. Department of Labor rule scheduled to go into effect July 1 will raise the overtime salary threshold for white-collar employees to $43,888 per year, up from the current $35,568 per year. However, a trio of lawsuits could derail those plans. All ask federal courts to prevent the overtime rules from taking effect, at least temporarily.

He said, they said: No records puts employer in a messy place

Lawsuits for unpaid overtime aren’t always so cut-and-dried. They can come in layers, with each layer costing you more. The 5th Circuit ruled that an employer could be liable for unpaid overtime if it misclassified workers as independent contractors, even though the workers had scant evidence of their unpaid overtime.

Employer groups sue to block DOL’s new overtime rule

A coalition of trade associations has filed a sweeping lawsuit asking a federal court in Texas to postpone the rule’s July 1 effective date, stop the rule from taking effect and forbid the DOL from “taking any action whatsoever” to implement the rule.

Employees reclassified? Time to start training managers

You say you have already responded to the Department of Labor’s new overtime salary threshold by reclassifying some white-collar employees as overtime-eligible nonexempts? Congratulations! Now comes the hard part—training managers in the finer points of the Fair Labor Standards Act before the new rules take effect on July 1.

The OT clock is ticking: Will you be ready for the new rule by July 1?

Some employers are responding to the U.S. Department of Labor’s new white-collar overtime salary threshold rule by reclassifying some exempt employees into overtime-eligible nonexempts. In other cases, they’re planning to avoid additional overtime by raising pay above the new salary threshold. How far along are you? You now have just over one month to comply with the Department of Labor’s new rules, which take effect July 1. Here’s what you need to do now.

Avoid the wage-and-hour mistake that just cost an employer $229 million

A jury recently reminded a Washington state employer that rounding time in a way that deprives employees of pay—even if it’s just pennies—can trigger a class-action lawsuit with a huge payout.

The new overtime rule: Factor bonuses into exempt salaries

Employers can satisfy up to 10% of the new white-collar salary threshold by paying nondiscretionary bonuses, incentives and commissions.

The new OT rule: What employers should do now

The new rule will force employers to undertake a detailed analysis of how they classify white-collar employees and how much they pay them. Here are the steps you should follow.

Final overtime rule: OT salary threshold to hit $58,656 on Jan. 1, with interim hike to $43,888 on July 1

Exempt employees earning less than $58,656 per year on Jan. 1, 2025, will be entitled to overtime pay when they work more than 40 hours in a workweek under a long-awaited final rule issued April 23 by the Department of Labor.

New college grads can expect higher pay than last year

With an overall projected average salary of $76,736, engineering graduates are expected to be the class of 2024’s top-paid majors. That is a 3.1% increase over last year’s projections.