Changes to overtime laws remain in limbo: What does it mean for workers?

The Obama Administration pushed for reform to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) overtime rule. Reform is likely needed, as the current set threshold has not been updated in over a decade.

How much of an impact would the proposal have? The proposed changes, as reported by the Huffington Post, would have provided an additional 4.2 million workers with overtime pay protections.

Will changes to the overtime rule move forward? The forward momentum of this rule was frozen on November 22nd when Chief of Staff Reince Priebus released a memo freezing all federal regulations that had yet to take effect.

Although it is difficult to predict the future of this rule, based on precedent noted in the piece by the Huffington Post, President Trump has often reversed previous executive orders put in place by President Obama. As such, it appears likely that the rule regarding overtime pay protections will not move forward.

What does this mean for workers? Workers who put in more than 40 hours a week on-the-job should take note that the law governing overtime pay may soon change.

If you are working overtime and are not being properly compensated, your employer may be in violation of federal law. It is wise for workers in this situation to seek legal counsel. An attorney can review the details of your claim and help you determine if your employer has violated the law. If so, your lawyer can help craft a lawsuit to better ensure your rights are protected and help you receive the compensation you deserve.

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