May 1, 2019

DOL Rewrites Overtime Rule – March, 2019

lawyer_757932The US Department of Labor (DOL) recently released its long-awaited rewrite of the Obama Administration's controversial overtime rule, which more than doubled the salary threshold from the current level of $23,660 to $47,476 per year. The DOL’s rewrite of the rule offers a commonsense approach proposing a salary increase of $35,308 per year.

The National Restaurant Association reviewed the proposed rule and provided an in-depth analysis in a webinar entitled, "DOL's New Overtime Proposal: What's in It, What's Next," which is archived here.

Click here for the full text of the proposed rule.

Click here to read a Restaurant Hospitality article about the proposed rules.  

The National Restaurant Association is encouraging restaurant members to register their public comments on this proposed rule change to convey that this proposed salary level is more manageable.  A concern is that employee advocate groups may flood the DOL with negative comments stating that they consider the proposed salary still too low.

Comments can be registered or made at

  • Enter the regulatory identifier number 1235-AA20 in the search field. This is the number assigned to the proposed overtime exemption regulation.
  • Click on Comments and enter your comment and required data. A receipt is then sent to the person making the comment.
  • Comments are due no later than May 21, 2019 at 11:59 PM ET