The long awaited overtime changes may finally be getting some movement. It was hoped that we would hear something from the DOL by the first of summer. But it appears that they are making their move now. On March 14th the final overtime rule, known officially as “Defining and Delimiting the Exemptions for Executive, Administrative, Professional, Outside Sales, and Computer Employees” was submitted for executive review with the Office of Management and Budget. Now, there is no official deadline for this review but a typical timeframe would result in the final rule being issued in approximately 30 to 90 days. We still don’t know if there will be any changes to the job duties tests at this time. There is speculation that since the DOL took comments on it and published them last fall they may announce it at the same time or may then create a second ruling and issue that. We are still waiting.
In the meantime, some practitioners have been getting restless and set up a petition on February 4th on whitehouse.gov “Tell the Department of Labor to move quickly on implementing the new overtime rule“. It currently has over 113,000 signatures. It even has its own hashtag, #TimeforOT”