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Butzel Long attorneys discuss proposed DOL overtime pay expansion and what employers need to know on August 12

BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich. – Employers must tackle a revolving door of ever-changing rules and regulations. The newest U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) challenge for 2016 includes a plan to expand overtime pay eligibility and attack misclassification of employees as independent contractors.

Butzel Long labor and employment attorneys Rebecca Davies and Gary Klotz, will discuss what employers need to know during a complimentary breakfast briefing from 8 to 10 a.m. on Wednesday, August 12, 2015 at the law firm’s Bloomfield Hills office, located in the Stoneridge West Building at 41000 Woodward Avenue.

Last month, the DOL issued guidance that narrowed the definition of “independent contractor” so that many previously classified as independent contractors may now need to be properly classified as employees.

“The DOL has proposed a major revision of the regulations for the white collar exemptions executive, administrative, and professional employees from the Fair Labor Standards Act’s overtime premium pay requirement,” said Davies. “This proposed regulation, which will become effective in 2016, will dramatically reduce the number of employees exempt from overtime payments, and extend the entitlement to overtime premium pay to an estimated 4.6 million workers who are now classified as ‘exempt.’ The proposed regulation will potentially affect all employers that have employees who are ‘exempt” under the ‘white collar’ exemptions.”

Davies and Klotz will explain the proposed revised regulation and its effects on employers, including:

— Why is the Department of Labor revising the regulations for the “white collar” exemptions?

— How will the proposed regulation change the “white collar” exemptions?

— What kinds of employees will be affected by the changes in the “white collar” exemptions?

— What actions should employers take in preparation for and in response to the proposed regulation?

Davies emphasized this program will be of special interest to general counsels, business owners, HR VPs and other HR executives.

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