At the direction of President Obama, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued a proposed rule that would change federal overtime exemptions for administrative, executive, professional and computer professional employees—the so-called “white collar” worker classifications that have long been exempt from being paid time-and-one-half for working more than 40 hours per week. 

The rule would affect both public and private work by all employers covered by the Fair Labor Standards Act, which includes the vast majority of construction contractors and suppliers. The DOL proposes increasing the minimum salary level to the 40th percentile of weekly earnings for full-time salaried workers, which is estimated at $50,440 for 2016. (The current salary threshold is $23,660.) 

For more information, visit dol.gov/whd/overtime/NPRM2015. Public comments were accepted until Sept. 4.