What the New FLSA Overtime Rules Mean for Museums

Please Note: On Tuesday, November 22, a federal district judge in Texas issued a preliminary injunction blocking implementation of the Overtime Final Rule, ruling that the U.S. Department of Labor exceeded its authority. Barring a last-minute appeal, the overtime rule will not go into effect as scheduled on December 1 because of this decision. Read more about this recent development here.

On May 18, 2016, the U.S. Labor Department announced overtime final regulations that, when they go into effect will mean that many employees earning less than $913 per week ($47,500 annually) will be entitled to overtime compensation. We've compiled the below resources for museum workers interested in knowing more about how the new overtime laws will impact museums and their staff. Please let us know in the comment section below how your museum is handling this change.

Guidance for Non-Profit Organizations on Paying Overtime under the Fair Labor Standards Act 

The Department of Labor issued this helpful guide for non-profit organizations to help them navigate the new laws.

U.S. Department of Labor Overtime Laws FAQ

This FAQ pages outlines answers to the most commonly asked questions about the new overtime laws. 

Changes to Overtime Eligibility: What Museums Need to Know about Department of Labor’s Proposed Rules by Andrew I. Bart

This article by Andrew Bart offers valuable advice for how museums can prepare for the new overtime laws. Bart discusses various options including hold non-exempt workers to no more than 40 hours per week, or increasing employees’ salary so they are above the threshold, thereby making them ineligible for overtime. He suggests that museum could also adjust the staffing and scheduling plan to avoid the need for overtime. 

Why the new overtime rules are good for nonprofits and thus for our community via Nonprofit with Balls

This article outlines some of the challenges that the new overtime laws pose nonprofits, but argues that the new FLSA overtime law will ultimately be positive for the nonprofit sector.

The Overtime Pay Rules Are Here via Ask a Manager

This article is directed toward employees earning less than $47,476, and gives a run-down of what you can expect after the new overtime laws take effect.

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