August 18, 2004 / Issue No. 2-04
 
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EDITOR’S NOTE
Human Resource & Labor News Returns with New Look!
MIDYEAR MEETING
McCarron Slated to Explain Consolidations
Wage-Hour Administrator to Discuss the Davis-Bacon Survey Process
Generation Expert to Talk About Employing “Millennials”
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
HR Professionals Mingle and Learn at AGC’s HR Networking Forum
AGC Labor Lawyers Hold 20th Annual Symposium
LABOR-MANAGEMENT COOPERATION
AGC Supports Tripartite Initiative’s Recommendations for Action
AGC WEB SITE
How to Find Labor & HR Information on AGC's New Web Site
FEDERAL REGULATIONS
New Overtime Regulations Take Effect Aug. 23
Federal Contractors Must Post Beck Notice
AGC Partners with Labor Department on Compliance Assistance
COLLECTIVE BARGAINING
Newly Negotiated Wage-and-Fringe Rates Down Slightly From Last Year
BENEFIT FUNDS
Agreement Not Signed by Authorized Company Official Does Not Obligate Contractor to Make Benefit Fund Contributions
Contractor with Overlapping Jurisdictional Clauses Must Pay Benefits Twice
Segal Company Reports on Multiemployer Pension Funding Levels and Investment Performance
WORKPLACE INVESTIGATIONS
NLRB Reverses Latest Grant of Representation Rights to Nonunion Employees
JURISDICTIONAL DISPUTES
NLRB’s 10(k) Award Trumps Conflicting Arbitration Award
FAIR EMPLOYMENT PRACTICES
Diabetic Forklift Driver Denied Claim Under ADA

  New Overtime Regulations Take Effect Aug. 23
Long-awaited and controversial changes to regulations governing overtime compensation will take effect on August 23.

The Department of Labor (DOL) issued the 536-page final rule on April 20.  The rule revises the salary and duties tests used to determine who is eligible to receive mandatory overtime pay under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).  To be exempt from those mandates, an employee must (1) be compensated above a specified “minimum salary level,” (2) be paid on a “salary basis,” and (3) perform specified primary “job duties” involving managerial, administrative, or professional skills. 

 

The new regulations change the minimum salary level from $155 a week or $8,060 a year to $455 a week or $23,660 a year.  They replace the “long” and “short” duties tests with a single “standard duties” test for executive, administrative, and professional employees, and establish a separate test for highly-compensated employees (those individuals earning more than $100,000 per year).  Some changes were also made to the special exemptions for computer professionals and for outside sales employees.  New provisions were added to specify that employees in certain occupations are categorically entitled to overtime pay.  Among those are “manual laborers or other ‘blue collar’ workers.”  The rule states that “nonmanagement employees in maintenance, construction and similar occupations such as carpenters, electricians, mechanics, plumbers, iron workers, craftsmen, operating engineers, longshoremen, construction workers and laborers are entitled to minimum wage and overtime premium pay under the Fair Labor Standards Act, and are not exempt under the regulations in this part no matter how highly paid they might be.”

 

The new rule is not expected to have a major impact on the construction industry.  However, contractors are advised to review their classifications and practices to ensure that they were in compliance with the FLSA to begin with and that the new rule does not require any changes.  Contractors should also keep in mind that state laws may also apply.

 

For a copy of the new rule, click here.  For further guidance on the rule, click here and scroll down to "Fair Labor Standards Act." An article on this topic is also planned for publication in the November issue of AGC’s CONSTRUCTOR Magazine. [ return to top ]