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Dear 2016 TCHRMA Members,
FINAL RULE Released: Fair Labor Standards Act
Today, the Department of Labor (DOL) released its final regulations making changes to Part 541 governing overtime exemptions under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). As you know, SHRM leads the employer coalition, the Partnership to Protect Workplace Opportunity, on the rule and SHRM members have shared their views on numerous occasions with Congress and the Administration through testimony, listening sessions, comments on the regulation, and thousands of letters to policymakers.
While SHRM appreciates the Administration’s attention to some of the concerns relayed by SHRM members, we are disappointed that the final rule includes a significant increase to the salary threshold and automatic increases in the future. These will present considerable challenges to employees and employers. This is why SHRM-supported legislation to block the rule, pending a full economic analysis of the changes to overtime regulations, is still needed. This legislation also contains critical provisions preventing the rule from including automatic updates to the salary threshold.
SHRM is reviewing the final rule and will provide information and resources over the next few days to help you understand the changes and prepare to implement the rule in your workplace.
In the meantime, here are the key elements of the new regulation that you need to know now:
1. Salary Threshold Changed to $913/week ($47,476 per Year)
This threshold doubles the current salary threshold level. While this level is slightly lower than the threshold in the proposed rule, it still encompasses many employees that are currently classified as exempt. SHRM was disappointed that DOL did not offer a more reasonable increase and set the threshold, as it has in the past, at a level designed to encompass those employees that are clearly not engaged in exempt-type work.
2. Automatic Salary Threshold Increases Every 3 Years (Not Annually) to Maintain Level at 40th Percentile in Lowest-Wage Census Region
DOL reduced the frequency of the automatic increases in response to concerns raised by SHRM and others. Instead of annual increases, the threshold will be adjusted every 3 years to maintain the level at the 40th percentile of full-time salaried workers in the lowest-wage Census region. Automatically updating the salary threshold, however, does not allow the government to take into account changing economic conditions, specific impact on certain industries, or regional differences. It also denies the public the ability to have input on the threshold as required by the regulatory process.
3. Duties Test is Unchanged
The absence of a duties test change is a significant win for the thousands of SHRM members who expressed concern in this area. DOL did not make changes to the standard duties test.
4. Effective Date is December 1, 2016.
SHRM advocated for a longer implementation period than the standard 60 days and the final rule provides additional time for employers to prepare. With the rule going into effect on December 1, 2016, HR professionals should review their current workforce immediately to determine which employees are affected, whether to re-classify those employees, and execute a communications strategy. HR should keep in mind the periodic adjustments and set a regular review process.
5. Highly Compensated Employee (HCE) Exemption Is Now $134,004 Per Year
The final rule retains the methodology in the proposed rule setting the threshold at the 90th percentile of full-time salaried workers nationally.
6. Stay Tuned for SHRM Member Resources…
• SHRM Webcast – Understanding DOL's New Overtime Rule. Register Now for the Thursday, May 19, 2 p.m. ET webcast!
• SHRM Special Report for HR – coming soon! Look for an upcoming SHRM summary of the final rule with tips on compliance. Visit SHRM’s Overtime Resource Page for additional resources.
• SHRM’s 2016 Annual Conference -- From the final FLSA overtime regulations to health care to performance management to the latest innovations in HR, you’ll get the practical tools and resources you need to solve your toughest HR challenges.
7. Advocacy in Congress is Even More Important
While the final rule contains some limited improvements, it is critical for Congress to pass the Protecting Workplace Advancement and Opportunity Act (S. 2707 and H.R. 4773), which would nullify this rule and require DOL to perform an economic analysis of how changes to overtime regulations will impact nonprofits, small businesses, and employers in other vulnerable industry sectors before issuing a new rule. Visit SHRM’s call to action to quickly and easily send an email to your members of Congress to ask that they cosponsor this important workplace legislation.
On May 17, 2016, TCHRMA members had the pleasure to be a part of our Form I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification Presentation. Below are the contact names and information for our presenters for any member who may have any Form I-9 questions.
Agent Scott Haviland, Charleston Area - Christopher.S.Haviland@ice.dhs.gov
Agent Andrea Roubal, State Level Agent - Andrea.Roubal@ice.dhs.gov
Agent Allison Densmore, State Level Agent - Allison.W.Densmore@ice.dhs.gov
Please click here for an important message from your TCHRMA Legislative Representative, Julie Free regarding the "Protecting Workplace Advance & Opportunity Act". Please read this important message and take action by contacting your local representatives on this important issue.
Please be advised when registering for monthly TCHRMA member meetings that cancellations are due by the Wednesday prior to the monthly member meeting. Please keep in mind that when you RSVP to attend a monthly meeting, TCHRMA is charged per plate of food for each member who has registered to attend member meetings.
If you cancel after the Wednesday prior to the member meeting or are a no-show to the monthly member meeting, you will be invoiced and charged the meeting fee. If you have any questions, please contact your TCHRMA president.
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President Obama Signs Omnibus Bill Delaying " Cadillac Tax", Altering Workplace Laws
The controversial 40 percent excise tax on high-cost health plans isn't dead, but it has been delayed. President Barack Obama signed into law the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2016, which includes a two-year delay of the Affordable Care Act’s "Cadillac Tax" and a one-year reauthorization of the E-Verify program.
Click here to read the full article as well as other legislative items.
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June 21, 2016 - 6:00pm to 8:00pmLocation:College of Charleston North Campus 3800 Paramount Drive North Charleston, SC 29405 Registration & Dinner buffet begins at 6:00PM with meeting presentation to begin at 6:30PM.
July 21, 2016 - 8:30am to 12:00pmLocation:College of Charleston North Campus 3800 Paramount Drive North Charleston, SC 29405
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August 16, 2016 - 11:30am to 1:30pmLocation:College of Charleston North Campus ** New Location** 3800 Paramount Drive North Charleston, SC 29405 Registration & Lunch Buffet to begin at 11:30AM with meeting to begin at 12:00PM.
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This meeting is approved for HRCI & SHRM Recertification credit
Tri - County Human Resources Management Association Receives Distinguished Award
TCHRMA's goal is to be a relevant source of information to HR Professionals. Achieving Gold is an acknowledgement that we are doing just that. We are a shining example of what teamwork can achieve. Thanks are extended to the TCHRMA Membership!
The Tri County Human Resource Management Association (TCHRMA) serves human resource professionals in Berkeley, Charleston, and Dorchester counties in South Carolina. Our members represent a wide variety of industries, sectors, and backgrounds, including construction, education, finance, government, health care, hospitality, insurance, law, manufacturing, non-profit, technology, utilities, and more!
Our members and guests enjoy learning and networking at monthly educational meetings complete with a full dinner or lunch and dessert... supporting student human resource chapters at local universities... getting involved in grassroots activities affecting the human resource field... gaining access to training and preparatory resources for the PHR, SPHR and GPHR certification exams... developing contacts with top-notch human resource professionals in our region.. and scouting human resource job openings and resumes.
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