In May 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor issued final rules under the Federal Labor Standards Act (FLSA) that update the circumstances when overtime must be paid. Specifically, the new rule increases the salary cut off for “white collar” workers in professional and executive positions to receive overtime. The change doubles the existing overtime threshold level to $47,476 annual salary, potentially including millions of employees who do not currently qualify.
It is estimated that the change could be substantial in health care industry, as many licensed and technical staff, including nurses, therapists and technicians, may be at a compensation level that will now become eligible for overtime pay. While the change is potentially substantial, its impact on each healthcare employer needs to be carefully examined before the rule becomes effective later this year. First, the provider must be subject to the FLSA, and the affected employees must have duties and compensation that place them within the revised overtime category. For example, smaller employers that do not have interstate contacts are exempt from the FLSA. Likewise, hourly paid staff and employees earning in excess of the threshold are not included in the new rule. Even if the federal rule doesn’t apply, state overtime laws are still applicable to health care employers.
Join expert speaker, Wayne Miller Esq. where he will discuss the changes in the federal overtime rule and how it can conceivably impact many health care provider employees. Further, it will outline how employers may prepare for the change. Additionally Wayne will discuss when employers are not subject to the FLSA and the exceptions to the new rule that narrow the employee group that is affected. In addition, even if a staffer falls under the new requirements there may be options that avoid the need for paying overtime under the federal rule. Lastly, providers will be reminded about circumstances that may warrant overtime payment under state laws.
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- Jim Sheldon-Dean
Wayne J. Miller, Esq., is a founding partner of the Compliance Law Group, Los Angeles, a law firm focused on health care industry legal compliance for clients nationwide. Wayne has practiced healthcare business and regulatory law throughout his 30-year career. His firm represents a wide range of healthcare industry clients throughout the nation. He is a frequent speaker for The Coding Institute national teleconferences on healthcare reimbursement, transactional and regulatory...
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