☷US Department of Labor announces listening sessions for workers advocates union representatives on possible revisions to overtime regulations | U S Department of Labor
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US Department of Labor announces listening sessions for workers , advocates , union representatives on possible revisions to overtime regulations Seeks input on executive , administrative , professional exemptions ATLANTA ─ The U . S . Department of Labor announced today a series of listening sessions with workers , employers and workplace stakeholders on potential revisions to regulations used to enforce the Fair Labor Standards Act’s minimum wage and overtime exemptions for executive , administrative and professional employees . Since 1938 , federal overtime regulations have been a cornerstone of the laws the department’s Wage and Hour Division enforces . These regulations protect workers and benefit workers and their families , their employers and the community at - large . The FLSA requires employers to pay most U . S . employees at least the federal minimum wage for all hours worked , and overtime pay at not less than time and one - half the regular rate of pay for hours worked over 40 in a workweek . The law , however , provides an exemption from minimum wage and overtime pay for workers employed as “bona fide” executive , administrative or professional employees . To be exempt , employees must generally meet certain tests regarding their job duties and be paid on a salary basis at not less than $684 per week . “Our goal is to use these sessions to listen , engage workers and hear their perspectives on the possible impact of changes to the regulations , ” explained Acting Wage and Hour Division Administrator Jessica Looman . “As we consider the needs of today’s workforce and industry demands , we need public input to ensure that revisions to the overtime regulations fulfill the original intent and promise of the law . ”In fiscal year 2021 , the department’s Wage and Hour Division recovered more than $138 million in overtime back wages for more than 145 , 000 workers . In its FLSA investigations , the division found overtime back wages represented 80 percent of all back wages found due . The division announced that it will hold a listening session for workers , employee stakeholders and union representatives as follows:WHO: Employees , Employee advocates and union representativesWHEN: Thursday , May 5 , 20226 - 7 p . m . EDTWHERE: Register for the Southeast Worker Overtime Listening Session Registration
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