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DOL proposes changes for calculating overtime

The Department of Labor (DOL) has proposed a new definition of the “regular rate” of pay, which is a significant factor for calculating overtime. Regular rate would exclude benefits, paid leave, and bonuses; enabling employers to be more generous with benefit offerings.

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House approves Paycheck Fairness Act

The House passed a new bill that is intended to cover loopholes related to the Equal Pay Act of 1963. Provisions would prevent salary history inquiries and create a more worker friendly landscape for the fight for fair wages. Those who counter the bill feel that it won’t strengthen equal work for equal pay and could lead to an increase in unnecessary lawsuits. The bill will face an uphill battle in the Senate.

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Proposed overtime rule comments due May 21

The next step for the proposed overtime rule is around the corner. Stakeholders now have until May 21 to comment, and the Department of Labor (DOL) is planning to finalize a rule in early 2020.

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More jurisdictions are banning salary-history questions

In addition to the federal Paycheck Fairness Act, states and local municipalities continue the trend of prohibiting salary history inquiries. As more of these laws come into effect, those that have implemented related laws are providing feedback.

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