Labor & Employment Partner Bryance Metheny Featured in IndustryWeek
The rule change, which is still subject to a lengthy comments period, would require employers to pay overtime to salaried employees who make less than $50,440 per year instead of the previous cap of $23,660. Metheny notes that the law will likely have less of an impact on the manufacturing industry, which requires more skilled workers and tends to pay higher wages than other industries. However, employers will have to face tough questions when the rule does affect their staffing. "A manufacturer will just have to answer for themselves - 'Would I rather have more trained personnel, or would I rather just have to pay overtime every once in a while? Which is going to be the most cost-effective for my business?'" Metheny says. "They're going to have to look at that on a case-by-case basis."
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