David Barron, a member of Cozen O'Connor's Labor & Employment department, discusses the DOL's new overtime rules in Westlaw's Employment Journal. David suggested the increased salary threshold may reduce litigation.The higher salary point for exempt employees may cause many employers to “reclassify or eliminate lower-paid entry-level professional positions (i.e. assistant managers) that were previously the subject of most of the litigation over exempt duties,” David said. He disputed the Labor Department’s claim in its Q&A section about the rules that employers will not have to track employee hours. “Although overtime-eligible employees may not technically have to ‘punch a clock,’ DOL investigators and plaintiff’s lawyers salivate at the idea of an employer without detailed records of non-exempt employee work time,” David said.
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