OSCPA staff report
U.S. House and Senate representatives sent a letter to Department of Labor Secretary Marty Walsh calling for “robust public engagement” before proposing any new overtime pay requirements.
The request comes after OSCPA and more than 100 other employer organizations asked impacted industries to be heard through a Jan. 25 letter on holding stakeholder meetings before the development and issuance of the anticipated proposed rulemaking on the “white collar” exemptions to the overtime regulations under the Fair Labor Standards Act.
Rep. Virginia Foxx, R-N.C. (Ranking Member of the House Committee on Education and Labor), Rep. Fred Keller, R-Pa. (Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Workforce Protections), Sen. Mike Braun, R-In. (Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Employment and Workplace Safety), and Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C. (Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions) questioned in the letter the need for overhauling the current overtime pay regulations, and emphasized the need for public engagement with the employers and employees who will be affected by the changes before making them.
OSCPA has long advocated for members on this issue as part of the Partnership to Protect Workplace Opportunity – most recently when the Obama Administration made efforts to significantly expand overtime applications to white collar jobs.