MFA NEWS SCAN JUNE 29, 2015
- Tuesday, June 30, 2015President Obama has directed the U.S. Labor Department to update the regulations regarding who qualifies for overtime pay protection by calling for an increase in the threshold income level at which workers are exempt from overtime pay of time-and-a-half wages.
president proposes expansion of overtime pay to employees
President Obama has directed the U.S. Labor Department to update the regulations regarding who qualifies for overtime pay protection by calling for an increase in the threshold income level at which workers are exempt from overtime pay of time-and-a-half wages. The current threshold income level is $23,360, the President is believed to be seeking an increase in this level to $50,400, meaning those salaried employees would be collecting overtime pay if their salary is below the newly proposed level. Salaried workers who earn nearly $1,000 per week would become eligible for overtime pay under the proposal. The proposed rule would more than double the threshold at which employers can avoid paying overtime, from the current $455 a week to $970 a week by next year. According to the Food Marketing Institute (FMI), official publication of the proposal will be made on Thursday along with a presidential trip to Wisconsin to unveil the proposal. Below is a link to more detail. There are more details about how they propose adjusting the salary threshold, but few details about what they propose for revisions to the duties test.
The White House will propose the new salary threshold of $50,400 fluctuating based on the 40% threshold of income with no additional details yet on how that would be calculated or adjusted. FMI, along with several of their members, met with OMB and DoL prior to the proposal being finalized and will again request a meeting and will submit comments once the proposal is published. They have asked for adequate time to comment and determine the impact of the proposal.
http://www.cbsnews.com/news/obama-to-update-overtime-pay-threshold/. To view a presentation by the DoL click here or visit: http://www.dol.gov/featured/overtime/.
Free Sustainability Assessments Available in July
EPA Region 1 and Manomet Inc. (the creator of the Grocery Stewardship Certification program) are offering a free sustainability assessment to interested stores. This 60-minute facility review is designed to be fast and useful, producing a short report that highlights key cost-saving opportunities based on the environmental profiles of top-performing stores. Sign-up for one of the 10 assessments being offered in July by contacting Robert Guillemin, EPA’s Grocery Sector Lead at (617) 918-1814 or email@example.com.
MA LEGISLATIVE HEARINGS CONTINUE
While the MA House and Senate await the Conference Committee report outlining the final FY ’16 state budget, several relevant hearings have been scheduled and/or taken place in the first half of the new two year session. Although the state will enter the new fiscal year tomorrow operating under a supplemental budget plan, Committees will continue to roll out their hearing schedules. Recent relevant hearings include
· Plastic bag bans and recycling – The Committee on Environment, Natural Resources & Agriculture held a hearing on June 23 to review several proposals to ban plastic bags and increase recycling at the local community level;
· Sale of tobacco products – The Committee on Public Health will hold a hearing on July 14 to review proposals to further regulate the sale of e-cigarettes and tobacco products;
Please contact the office if you have any questions on these or other legislative issues.
REMINDER – SATURDAY, JULY 4 HOLIDAY – voluntary work, time and one-half pay
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