A group of fiscally conservative House Democrats has introduced legislation that would phase in Department of Labor rules raising the salary threshold for white-collar overtime to $47,476 per year. The increase is set to take effect on Dec. 1.
The Overtime Reform and Enhancement Act (H.R. 5813), introduced July 17, would gradually step up the increase over the course of four years:
- $35,984 on Dec. 1, 2016
- $39,814 on Dec. 1, 2017
- $43,645 on Dec. 1, 2018
- $47,476 on Dec. 1, 2019.
The bill also calls for scrapping plans to automatically increasing the threshold every three years to match the 40th percentile of salaries in the nation’s lowest-wage region, currently the South.
Congress is only in session for 24 days between now and Dec. 1, so passage before the DOL rules take effect seems doubtful.