With the new Department of Labor (DOL) rule on "white collar" overtime exemptions expected to be finalized any day now, the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship held a hearing on May 11 to examine the impact on small businesses that the rule will have. ANCOR staff was present at the meeting, which featured testimony from five expert witnesses. Opening remarks from Chairman Sen. David Vitter (R-LA) warned of unintended consequences that could result from the rule, including workers seeing hours and take-home pay cut due to the drastic, sudden increase of the threshold. He also criticized the DOL's economic analysis of the rule, saying that it was inaccurate and "severely undercounted" the number of small businesses that would be impacted.
Questions from committee members included the impact of the new salary threshold on non-profit charitable organizations, the food service industry, and regional differences in the cost of living. The expert panel was comprised of:
- Ms. Tammy McCutchen, Principal, Littler Mendelson, P.C. (testimony)
- Ms. Sarita Gupta, Executive Director, Jobs With Justice (testimony)
- Mr. Octavio Mantilla, Co-Owner, Besh Restaurant Group (testimony)
- Mr. Ross Eisenbrey, Vice President, Economic Policy Institute (testimony)
- Ms. Nancy Duncan, Associate Vice President of Human Resources, Operation Smile (testimony)
An archive of the hearing webcast is available here.