New Overtime Rule Effective January 1, 2020

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On September 24, 2019, the Department of Labor announced its final updates to the “white collar” overtime exemption rules. These new rules go into effect on January 1, 2020. These rules affect, among others, administrative, executive, and professional employees who may be exempt from overtime payments if certain conditions are met. The updates to the exemption conditions include:

  • Raising the standard salary condition from $455 per week to $684 per week ($35,568.00 per year for full time workers);

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Change to Idaho Wage & Hour Law May Increase Worker Claims

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Idaho’s workers will soon have more time to file their wage and hour claims against their employers. House Bill 113 was signed into law by the Governor on March 18, 2019, and goes into effect on July 1, 2019. According to the bill’s statement of purpose, “The Idaho Department of Labor currently has 916 open claims. Approximately 70 percent of these open claims are for partial unpaid wages or additional wages owed. The Department receives an average of six new claims each day.

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President Obama Increase Minimum Wage for Federal Contractors

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As promised in his State of the Union address, President Obama recently issued an Executive Order increasing the minimum wage for federal contractors.  The new minimum wage of $10.10 per hour will go into effect on January 1, 2015.  The Order also provides for subsequent increases to the minimum wage that are tied to increases in the Consumer Price Index, in an amount to be determined by the Secretary of Labor.

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