On June 12, 2019, Attorney Pete Winebrake testified before the Congressional Subcommittee on Workforce Protections about the proposed rule which would increase the salary level for overtime exempt employees under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act. In March, the Department of Labor unveiled its long-awaited update to the so-called white collar overtime rule, saying workers may qualify for an overtime exemption if they earn a salary of at least $35,308 a year. The Obama administration previously tried to increase the salary threshold to $47,000 a year. However, the Obama rule was blocked by a court on the eve of its implementation. The currently annual salary threshold under federal law is $23,660.
A recording of the full hearing, including Attorney Winebrake’s testimony, is available here.
An article in Law360 discussing the hearing can be viewed here.