Cleaning Industry Studying Effects of Proposed Overtime Rules

Rule changes would affect both exempt and nonexempt workers

April 19, 2019

As the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) currently reviews laws that affect worker overtime policies, ISSA is monitoring these proposed changes and working to determine how the changes will affect business owners in the cleaning industry.

The rules affect both exempt and nonexempt workers. The DOL is contemplating changes to the Fair Labor Standards Act, which requires employers to pay nonexempt workers at least the federal minimum wage for all hours worked and overtime wages for hours worked in excess of 40 hours, The National Law Review reports. The DOL is considering specifically addressing the conditions under which employees work for more than one employer, to determine how joint employers share legal responsibility for the workers’ wages.

In the case of exempt workers, the DOL released a new notice of proposed rulemaking to determine the salary at which exempt workers should be eligible for overtime. The prospective rule would increase the minimum salary for white-collar exemptions from US$23,660 annually to $35,308 annually. ISSA is monitoring these possible changes and participating in discussions with small business owners. ISSA has been collecting and submitting formal comments on how this proposed update would affect small businesses in the cleaning and maintenance industry.

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