The Department of Labor’s (DOL) final overtime rule, with an impending implementation date of December 1st, presents big challenges for restaurant owners across the country.
Last week, the U.S. House passed H.R. 6094. This legislation would provide a six-month delay in the implementation date of DOL's overtime rule. However, we are facing an uphill battle in the U.S. Senate. Now is the time to tell our Ohio senators to support H.R. 6094 the “Regulatory Relief for Small Businesses, Schools, and Nonprofits Act.”
In May 2016, DOL made drastic changes to the federal overtime regulations, which include more than doubling the salary threshold to be considered an exempt employee from $23,660 annually/$455 per week to $47,476 annually/$913 per week), resulting in greatly limited workplace flexibility and increased labor costs for restaurants across the country. Implementation begins December 1, 2016.
Copy and paste this letter to email your senators:
Email Rob Portman
Email Sherrod Brown
Please co-sponsor H.R. 6094 that would provide a six-month delay in the implementation date of the Department of Labor’s new overtime rule, which more than doubles minimum salary levels for overtime exemptions. This delay would be helpful as employers attempt to comply with the new regulation and absorb its impact.
Restaurants of all sizes nationwide will be adversely affected by such a staggering increase to the threshold. Restaurants operate on extremely thin margins with low profits per employee and little room to absorb added costs. A delay in implementation will help employers learn how to comply and carefully adjust for impact.
Please co-sponsor H.R. 6094, and delay the implementation of the new overtime regulation.