Maine DOL Proposes Rulemaking to Incorporate New Federal Overtime Rule

Monday, October 24, 2016

Earlier this month, the Maine Department of Labor announced proposed changes to its regulations that would align them to be consistent with changes being made to federal overtime regulations. The new federal overtime rule, which goes into effect on December 1, 2016, updates the salary threshold needed to qualify for the so-called “white collar” exemption under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act. That exemption applies to employees employed in a bona fide executive, administrative, or professional capacity.

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.