Is there anything I should be doing now to help prepare for the possible upcoming changes to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) standards?
As you may be aware, the Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division is currently reviewing the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) regulation for determining exemptions for “white collar” employees. As detailed in the Fact Sheet, this ruling would likely have a huge impact on the standard salary level for white collar workers.
It is too soon to make actual changes to employees classifications based on this ruling as it is not officially approved. However, speculation is that we will see the final ruling in late in 2016. In the meantime, you should be looking at your current employee classification and start thinking about how the changes may impact your organization. How many employees may be impacted? You should look at employees that are being paid as an exempt employee up to approximately $50,500 to determine how the changes may impact those individuals. This would also be a good time to get your job descriptions updated and make sure the positions have been properly classified according to the current regulations.
The passing and implementation has yet to occur but it is never too early to put a contingency plan in place and at a minimum update the job descriptions for accuracy.
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