Revised rule on overtime eligibility not expected until late 2016


The Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce said Tuesday that the U.S. Department of Labor is not expected to make a final decision on a proposed revision to rules regarding overtime for workers until late 2016.

The department received more than 250,000 comments about the proposed rule, which was released June 30.

The proposed rule says employees are eligible to receive overtime pay if they earn less than $970 a week ($50,440 yearly). This more than doubles the current limit.

Although there is Republican and Democrati support for a raise in the salary threshold for overtime, neither party supports doubling the amount.

Labor Department officials have urged employers to calculate what the measure, should it take effect, would mean for their staff members. 

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