In its notice of rulemaking, Maine DOL proposes to incorporate the changes in the federal overtime rule into its own rules so as to make them consistent with each other. The Maine DOL notes that these changes would include increasing the salary threshold to $913.00 a week for qualifying executive, administrative and professional exempt employees. The current salary threshold is $455 a week.
A public hearing on the proposed changes is scheduled for November 3, 2016, and the public may submit comments until noon on November 14, 2016.
As noted in Maine DOL’s announcement, the new federal overtime rule will apply to employers throughout Maine beginning on December 1. Consequently, employers should not take Maine DOL’s recent rulemaking notice as a reason to delay implementing changes that may be required as a result of the new federal overtime rule.