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Expect new rules on who’s exempt; possible changes to comp-time law

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in Compensation and Benefits,Human Resources

The U.S. Labor Department says it will rewrite the Fair Labor Standards Act's (FLSA) white-collar exemption rules for administrative, executive, professional and outside salespeople. Reason: Since those rules were drafted, some more than 50 years ago, the work environment has changed dramatically.

Another possible change: comp time. Under current federal law, it's illegal for private companies to offer workers comp time in lieu of overtime pay. The Labor Department now says it favors allowing employers to offer comp time. But that change would require action by Congress. A bill allowing comp time, H.R. 1982, still faces a less than 50-50 chance.

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