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❱❱ HEARD FROM THE HILL Department of Labor Releases Final Overtime Regulations BY ANDREW BRAY, JD, NPMA DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC POLICY O n May 18, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) posted the Final Overtime Rule. The final rule amends the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and raises the minimum threshold in which all employees are entitled overtime pay for hours worked in excess of 40 hours per work week from $23,660 annually ($455 per week) to $47,472 ($913 per week). Some of the most significant points of the final rule include: * Minimum salary threshold raised to $47,472 ($913 per week). * Updates to the salary threshold every three years, first in 2020. * Salary threshold based on the 40th percentile of earnings of full-time salaried workers in the lowest wage census region. * Non-discretionary bonuses only account for 10 percent and must be reported quarterly. * No changes to the "duties test" for the "white collar exemptions". * Final rule effective as of December 1, 2016. Since the DOL published the proposed rule in July, 2015, NPMA has been very engaged on this issue, advocating for our members. NPMA submitted comments in September detailing our concerns with the proposed rule. NPMA is also working with the Partnership to Protect Workplace Opportunity (PPWO) to change the rule. PPWO is a broad coalition of national industries leading efforts to lobby Congress and DOL. The coalition is continuing to push federal legislation in the Senate and House, the Protecting Workplace Advancement and Opportunity Act. (S. 2707/H.R. 4773). In preparation for December 1, 2016, NPMA will be providing additional information and resources for companies concerning compliance questions and technical guidance with the new DOL/FLSA overtime pay regulations. ZIKA ON THE HILL On May 17, the Senate approved a bipartisan compromise that would provide $1.1 billion to help public health officials battle the Zika Virus. The request is lower than President Obama's $1.9 billion request and was approved instead of two related proposals-one which would have fully funded the administration's 22 | PEST WORLD > JULY / AUGUST 2016 $1.9 billion request and another smaller package that would have been paid for by cutting Obamacare. In the House, legislation has been introduced to provide $622 million in funding for the Zika Virus. The President has indicated he would veto the proposed smaller bill. The Obama administration has already moved about $600 million in unspent Ebola funds to the Zika fight while CDC officials have been lobbying individual lawmakers to approve the funding. NPMA is continuing to communicate with Senate and House offices about the role the structural pest management industry plays in combatting the mosquitoes that transmit the Zika virus and are urging Congressional action to ensure any funding includes a significant emphasis on mosquito abatement programs for those states and territories that may need assistance from the pest management industry. In addition to Zika Virus funding, on May 17, H.R. 897-the Zika Vector Control Act- was debated and voted on suspension calendar. H.R. 897 amends the Clean Water Act (CWA) to suspend the requirement to obtain National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permits when applying pesticides directly to Waters of the U.S. through September of 2018. Due to NPMA efforts, Congressional leadership understands that these permits are unnecessary, burdensome and in some instances, hinder our ability to protect people from dangerous and deadly diseases, like the Zika Virus. Unfortunately, House Democrats provided false and inaccurate information during the debate, and the measure failed to obtain the necessary three-thirds majority required on suspension (262-159). H.R. 897 is expected to be brought forward again under regular rules where a simple majority would assure passage in the House. OSHA WORKPLACE INJURY REPORTING This week, the Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) published a final rule requiring employers in hazardous industries (including the structural pest management industry) to electronically submit to OSHA injury and illness data that employers are already required to keep, and then OSHA intends to post the data from these submissions on a publicly accessible website. OSHA will not post any information that could be used to identify any individual employees, but the public will be able to review types and numbers of incidents per company. Additionally, the rule requires employers to inform employees of their right to report work-related injuries and illnesses free from retaliation and their rights to access injury records. The reporting requirement will go into effect January 1, 2017, while the employer notification to employees component goes into effect in 90 days. NPMA is closely looking at the rule and will provide compliance guidance and assistance with the final rule in the coming weeks. ●

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of PestWorld - July/August 2016

Message From the President
Wearable Devices
Targeted Tech
Down With Data Breaches
Proving Your IPM Service With a Handheld Generated Report
PesTech: Choosing a Mobile Device
Heard From the Hill: Department of Labor Releases Final Overtime Regulations
Marketing Corner: Communicating to the Public About Mosquitoes
Ask the Expert
Membership Programs: Start a More Meaningful Conversation
Mythbusters: Does Social Media Really Work for My Company?
Calendar of Events
Index to Advertisers

PestWorld - July/August 2016