ISSAlert April 26, 2016

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Important Update to Labor Department’s Overtime Proposal

April 26, 2016                                                 Contact:  Bill Balek

ISSA along with 139 national organizations and 201 regional, state, and local organizations joined together in letters directed to Members of Congress, which urged them to support legislation that would require the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) to conduct a detailed economic analysis before making dramatic changes to federal overtime pay requirements. The letters, which were spearheaded by the Partnership to Protect Workplace Opportunity (PPWO) of which ISSA is a member, ask members of congress to cosponsor S. 2707H.R. 4773, the Protecting Workplace Advancement and Opportunity Act. (See “Action Needed” below for how you can help defeat the proposed changes to the overtime regulations.)

This important legislation would require that DOL conduct a comprehensive analysis of the impact on career development and workplace flexibility and on small businesses, nonprofits, and local governments before moving forward with its proposed changes to the overtime regulations.  The letters are supported and co-signed by representatives of nonprofits, institutions of higher education, schools, cities and counties and small and large businesses across the country, all of which are concerned about the unintentional damage DOL’s proposal would cause to workers, employers, and the U.S. economy.

“Labor Department’s proposal would not only result in an estimated cost of $8.4 billion per year, but will reduce opportunity and flexibility for millions of executive, professional, and administrative employees—particularly those at the beginning of their career. Statements by DOL officials suggest the Department plans to ignore the tens of thousands of comments asking it to reconsider the proposal.  As a result, Congress must act and force the department to examine more closely the impact of the drastic and immediate increase and consider less harmful alternatives,” said Lisa Horn, a spokeswoman for the Partnership to Protect Workplace Opportunity (PPWO).

Read the full letters here (supporting H.R. 4773 and a letter to the Senate in support of S. 2707).

Action Needed.  Please continue to keep up the grassroots activity by contacting your members of Congress!  Our collective efforts have slowed DOL down, but it is critical for Capitol Hill to hear from all impacted stakeholders, especially the business community.  ISSA, therefore, encourages its members to contact your U.S. Representatives and Senators and express your strong opposition to the proposed cumbersome and costly changes to the DOL’s overtime regulations. 

Click here for an easy way to contact your members of Congress about this important issue.