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NSBA seeks assistance from Congress on Dept. of Labor proposed rules 

NSBA joined several education associations, nonprofit organizations and business coalition groups in issuing a letter to members of Congress seeking assistance in halting proposed rules issued by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) that will have a significant impact on all employers—including school districts. Of significant concern, under the proposed regulations, DOL would more than double the current salary required to qualify for “white collar” exemptions to overtime requirements, and establish annual increases in the cap. 

Under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), an individual must satisfy three criteria to qualify as a white collar employee exempt from federal overtime pay requirements. One of the criteria is that the employee’s salary must be more than $455/week ($23,660 annually) (the minimum salary requirement or salary threshold). Among other changes, the DOL has proposed increasing the salary threshold from $23,660 to $50,440, effective at the end of the year.  Overall, the proposal will result in a 113% increase in the salary threshold.  NSBA will continue advocating on behalf of school districts to encourage DOL officials to take a more measured approach to amending current FLSA requirements. To learn more about the proposed regulations, you can visit http://protectingopportunity.org/, and view the letter

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