OT Rule Comments Show Sharp Divide On Salary Threshold

By Vin Gurrieri (September 26, 2017, 10:37 PM EDT) -- The 60-day period for commenting on possible changes to the Obama administration's controversial overtime rule closed Monday. While many of the 165,000 commenters agreed that the U.S. Department of Labor had authority to set a clear salary threshold for workers to qualify for the Fair Labor Standards Act's "white collar" exemptions, they remained deeply split over exactly what that threshold should be.

The Labor Department had been seeking feedback as it looks to update the FLSA's overtime exemptions for so-called EAP workers, a designation that includes executive, administrative, professional, outside sales and computer employees. Under President Barack Obama, the DOL had...

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