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EEO Public File Reports Due April 1, No Foolin’!

- Trump Labor Dept. Floats New Overtime Rules

Texas broadcasters with station employment units that have five or more full-time employees must place their annual EEO report in their public inspection file by Monday, April 1. All stations must also upload the reports to their online public file, and stations with websites must post the report there, too.

TAB’s FCC legal counsel, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman, offers a detailed advisory on station EEO obligations and the steps for implementing an effective EEO program.

New Overtime Rules in the Works
The attorneys at Pillsbury also note that the Trump administration’s Dept. of Labor is revisiting the overtime rules that President Obama’s administration had sought to update before Obama left office. While the Obama rule would have more than doubled the minimum salary levels for exemption for overtime requirements, the new Trump rule would propose increasing the levels by almost 50 percent.

Key details on the DOL proposal from the Pillsbury Overtime Rule Advisory:

  • Would raise the minimum salary for “white collar” exemptions to $35,308 annually as of January 2020, and the minimum annual compensation for the highly compensated exemption would jump from $100,000 to $147,414.
  • Would set a four-year schedule for adjustments to these levels, which would be done through the notice-and-comment process.
  • The classification of approximately 1.3 million exempt employees would change to non-exempt under the new levels. Employers should begin tracking the hours of affected employees now and should consider several strategies for implementing the change.

Employers and other members of the public may submit comments on the DOL’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on or before May 6, 2019.

Questions? Contact TAB’s Oscar Rodriguez or call (512) 322-9944.

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