NEW YORK – (May 18, 2016) — The PR Council submitted public comments to the pending rule last Fall and it is pleased to see that the minimum salary requirement in the final rule is lower than initially anticipated.  The Council remains mindful of the three-year automatic increases that will take place to maintain the minimum salary level at the 40th percentile of full-time salaries nationwide. We expect Council Members to keep this in mind as they assess what the changes will mean for their organizations between now and December 1.

In anticipation of this ruling, we know that our Members are carefully analyzing their respective workforces to determine which employees will be impacted by the change.  Members are also assessing relevant employee hours and determining how they will choose to classify impacted employees going forward as a result of the minimum salary change.  We expect that Members will also review and revise policies addressing overtime, as necessary, implement measures to ensure employee populations timely report their hours, and train managers to minimize off-the-clock work.


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