Final OT Rule May Go Beyond Salary Hike, Lawyers Say

By Ben James (June 30, 2015, 8:38 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Department of Labor's newly proposed rule to expand overtime pay protections won plaudits from worker advocates, but some management-side lawyers warned that the final version could contain changes to the duties tests for overtime eligibility that weren't pitched when the proposal was unveiled Tuesday.

The DOL's proposed rule called for hiking the minimum salary a worker must earn to qualify for a "white collar" exemption from the Fair Labor Standards Act's minimum wage and overtime pay requirements from $455 per week — or $23,660 annually — to $970 per week or $50,440 per year, and automatically updating the salary threshold...

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