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Labor law amendment set to begin in December

Starting December 1, new rules will be implemented concerning the overtime component of the Fair Labor Standards Act, which mandates a 40-hour work week, overtime pay, and the federal minimum wage.

Under current law, businesses are required to pay certain employees 150% of their normal pay for hours worked beyond 40 hours in one week, with some employees exempt from earning this overtime pay. Employees are exempt as long as they earn at least $23,660 annually or $455 each week. The rule change increases that minimum pay to $47,476 annually, or $913 each week. Legal experts are saying that the result of the upcoming presidential elections will not likely impact the implementation of this new rule.

Employers can add non-discretionary bonuses, incentive payments, and commissions toward 10% of that $47,476 threshold, as long as these payments are given quarterly, with bonuses or commissions of up to $4,747.60 counting toward the threshold.

With new overtime rules expected to be implemented this December, it is possible that workers with higher salaries will be improperly paid by their employers. Get in touch with our attorneys at Williams Kherkher in Houston by calling our offices today at (888) 262-9002 if you have a wage claim against your employer.


Obama vows to veto bill that would delay new overtime rules

In a statement released by the White House on Tuesday, September 27, President Barack Obama vowed to veto a bill known as the Regulatory Relief for Small Businesses, Schools, and Nonprofits Act. The bill seeks to delay the implementation of the Department of Labor’s new overtime laws – which were supposed to take effect on Dec. 1, 2016 – to June 2017.

“If the President were presented with HR [House Resolution] 6094, he would veto the bill,” the Office of Budget and Management in the Executive Office of the President said. The Republican-backed House of Representatives recently passed this measure and sent the Senate a version of their bill.

Employees who work beyond the hours of their agreed upon employment contract are eligible for overtime pay. However, some businesses do not properly compensate their employees. If you are not paid for your work in Houston or another area of Texas, seek the legal assistance of our attorneys at Williams Kherkher by calling our offices today at (888) 262-9002.