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Bill would delay new overtime pay rule for 6 months

October 7, 2016
Legislation to delay for six months the implementation date of the new overtime rules for workers passed the U.S. House in late September. It now is before the Senate, which is scheduled to meet for just 24 more days this year.
House Resolution 6094 would push back the start date of the U.S. Department of Labor’s rule on overtime pay, scheduled to take effect Dec. 1. The new rule is expected to impact more than 4 million workers within the first year of implementation. That’s creating a lot of buzz, but also a lot of confusion about who will qualify for additional pay.
The new rule doubles the salary threshold for overtime eligibility and requires automatic adjustments every three years.
Concerns have been raised that the rule change will stifle workplace flexibility and opportunity, impose significant burdens on small businesses, jeopardize crucial nonprofit services, and increase the cost of higher education.  To prevent these consequences, backers of H.R. 6094 said the Labor Department should withdraw its rule and work to responsibly modernize the nation’s overtime rules. 
However, the department has refused to heed these concerns and plans to implement the rule on Dec. 1. 
The National Automobile Dealers Association, which supports H.R. 6094, said delaying implementation of the rule by six months would provide workers, small businesses, nonprofits and colleges and universities more time to prepare for dramatic changes brought on by the department’s final rule.