Opponents in Congress recently dropped their opposition to the Labor Department's proposed rules that redefine which employees qualify for overtime pay.
That clears the way for Labor to release the final regulations, which could come as early as this month. The rules will make it easier to determine who qualifies for overtime (and who's exempt). But the rules also cause more lower-paid workers to become eligible for overtime for the first time.
The biggest proposed change: Employees earning below $22,100 a year would automatically qualify for overtime pay. That's up from the current $8,060 threshold.