Recently published in NewsFactor, Small business owners are rushing to get their companies — in particular their employees – ready for an upcoming change in overtime rules.
With federal regulations that are expected to affect the paychecks of 4.2 million workers going into effect Dec. 1, human resources consultants say they’re seeing a surge in calls from owners seeking help in complying. Many business owners have procrastinated, hoping Congress might put the regulations on hold or a federal court would take a similar step in response to a lawsuit filed by a coalition of 21 states. But with five weeks to go, there’s no indication owners will get a reprieve.
“We’re telling clients, ‘You need to get your act together. This is happening,'” says Rob Wilson, president of Employco, an HR provider based in Westmont, Illinois.
Chris Williams, a Travelers executive whose job includes educating business owners about labor law compliance, recently encountered proprietors at a human resources meeting who didn’t know the law was changing.
“The question was raised of the audience, ‘How many of you are ready for this rule?’ Only about 50 percent raised their hands,” Williams says.
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NewsFactor – Looming Deadline: Small Businesses Prep for Overtime Rules