Trump Administration Argues for Authority to Set Lower Overtime Threshold
Last year, under the Obama administration, the Labor Department sought to raise the overtime salary threshold from $23,660 to $47,476, increasing the number of employees who would be required to receive overtime pay for hours worked over 40 in a week. The new rule was set to go into effect in December 2016 but was blocked by a federal judicial injunction before that time.
The Trump administration has consistently opposed the new overtime threshold and recently asked a federal appeals court to rule it could use salary levels to set a lower threshold. During his confirmation hearing, Secretary of Labor R. Alexander Acosta suggested he might support a threshold of $33,000.
NMHC/NAA herald this move as good news for the multifamily industry. They believe the higher threshold would “harm the ability of multifamily employers to implement, and their employees to take advantage of, flexible scheduling options” in addition to damaging employee morale and advancement opportunity.