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Attorney Lars Anderson Speaks About the New Overtime Law

HKQ Employment Law Attorney, Lars AndersonDecember 17, 2016 - Reprint from The Times Leader, By Sarah Hite Hando - DALLAS TWP. — What can employers do now that an injunction has been placed on the Fair Labor Standards Act overtime exemptions law?

“Sit tight,” says Attorney Lars Anderson, of Hourigan, Kluger & Quinn, who focuses on labor and employment issues.

Anderson recently spoke to the Wyoming Rotary Club about the law, where it stands now, and what employers can do to prepare for the change — if the law is passed.

The law, which would have changed the overtime regulation aspect of the FLSA, was set to take effect Dec. 1, but was blocked by a federal judge in Texas in late November.

The law would have enabled more workers to be eligible for overtime pay, or time-and-a-half on time after 40 hours within a work week, by raising the minimum pay for those exempt from overtime from $455 to $913 per week.

The current law that states a salaried worker can be considered one who earns $455 per week — or $23,660 per year — surprised some of the attendees.

“That’s low!” one audience member exclaimed.

Anderson said the Obama Administration estimates around 8 million people would be affected by the new law.


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