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Labor Department will rethink lingering overtime rule

Joe Mont | July 26, 2017

The U.S. Department of Labor has published a Request for Information regarding a controversial overtime rule, a holdover from the Obama Administration.

“The RFI is an opportunity for the public to provide information that will aid the department in formulating a proposal to revise these regulations which define and delimit exemptions from the Fair Labor Standards Act’s minimum wage and overtime requirements for certain employees,” a July 25 statement from the agency says.

The rule in question stems from a memorandum President Barack Obama issued on March 23, 2014, directing the Secretary of Labor to “modernize and streamline the existing overtime regulations for executive, administrative, and professional employees.

The Department received more than 293,000 comments on the proposed rule, including comments from businesses and state governments, before publishing the final version of the rule on May 23, 2016.

The rule modified the Fair Labor Standards Act...

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