The National Retail Federation welcomed the announcement today that the House of Representatives would vote this week on a six-month delay of the Labor Department’s extreme changes to the federal overtime rules, which are currently scheduled to go into effect on December 1. NRF also said it may consider votes on The Regulatory Relief for Small Businesses, Schools, and Nonprofits Act as Opportunity Index Votes for its annual voting scorecard.
“The Labor Department’s move to double the overtime threshold in one fell swoop is simply too much, too fast for both employers and employees to adjust to without serious collateral damage,” Senior Vice President for Government Relations David French said. “Chairman Walberg’s commonsense legislation would give employers, non-profits and schools much-needed time to learn about and comply with the new rules before penalties kick in. Retailers support a brief pause in implementation along with all other options on the table to slow down or reverse the significant harm the Administration’s reckless changes will inflict on workplaces if they go unchecked by Congress.”
The Regulatory Relief for Small Businesses, Schools, and Nonprofits Act would give employers of all types more time to implement and come into compliance with the final rule by extending the implementation deadline to June 1, 2017. A recent survey by human resources company Paychex, Inc., revealed 49 percent of business owners polled remain unaware of the DOL’s final overtime rule.
Research conducted for NRF shows that the overtime regulations will force employers to limit hours or cut base pay in order to make up for the added payroll costs, leaving most workers with no increase in take-home pay despite added administrative costs. A separate survey found that the majority of retail managers and assistant managers the regulations are supposed to help oppose the plan.