Not Eligible for Overtime Pay? Starting This December, You May Be. The Department of Labor Issues

On May 18, 2016, the Department of Labor announced its new rule updating overtime regulations greatly expanding the number of employees eligible to receive time and a half overtime pay under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act. This long anticipated rule change promises to provide a much needed boost in pay to millions of American workers who, until now, have been deemed ineligible for overtime wages. In 1975, more that 60% of salaried workers were eligible for overtime. A combination of inflation and regulatory changes enacted by the George W. Bush Administration severely reduced eligibility for overtime pay to a mere 7 percent of salaried workers today. See http://www.npr.org/2016/05/17

Arbitrator Rules that Union May Negotiate and Enforce Agreement for Suspension with Pay for Officer

In the recent arbitration case of City of Newark and The Police Superior Officers’ Association, Inc., NJSBM Case No,: 15-0282, (December 1, 2015), Arbitrator Perry O. Lehrer required Newark, a civil service municipality, to pay a suspended police captain while he awaited the disposition of the criminal charges pending against him that led to his suspension. The Arbitrator determined that an officer’s receipt of payment while on suspension due to pending criminal charges is a negotiable term and condition of employment and, therefore is arbitrable. The Arbitrator relied upon the parties’ past practice of paying officers who were suspended pending resolution of criminal charges as the basis of

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