New Department of Labor Rule Causes Headaches for Employers

Skoler Abbott Attorney to Address New Overtime Rule at Chicopee Chamber of Commerce Lunch & Learn Thursday, August 4

SPRINGFIELD, WORCESTER, Mass., WATERBURY, Conn. – Skoler, Abbott & Presser, P.C., the leading labor and employment law firm serving employers in the greater Springfield area, today announced that Attorney John S. Gannon will discuss the impact of the new overtime exemption rule at a Chicopee Chamber of Commerce event. The lunch and learn program will take place Thursday, August 4 from 11:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Hampton Inn on Memorial Drive in Chicopee.

Earlier this year the Department of Labor (DOL) released a highly anticipated final rule which will raise the minimum annual salary threshold for exempt workers to $47,476 or $913 per week. Almost all employees earning a salary less than $47,476 will need to be classified as nonexempt for the purposes of wage and hour law, and some employers may need to revaluate pay scales for certain employees. The DOL will give businesses until December 1 to comply with these new regulations.

To help employers navigate these new rules, the Chicopee Chamber of Commerce will be holding a lunch and learn. The event will cover the higher salary threshold, how to use bonuses, incentive pay and commissions toward the new threshold, benefits associated with higher salaries and benefits associated with new eligibility.

“I am looking forward to speaking with the business community at the upcoming lunch and learn in Chicopee,” said Attorney John S. Gannon. “The DOL estimates that this rule will impact more than 4 million workers and it’s important that business owners across different industries get a head start on evaluating how to best handle the exempt status of their employees.”

Attorney John S. Gannon, a resident of Enfield, Conn., has defended employers against claims of discrimination, retaliation, harassment, wrongful termination claims, as well as actions arising under the Family Medical Leave Act and wage and hour law. He also has experience with lawsuits seeking to enforce restrictive covenants and protect trade secrets. Attorney Gannon frequently assists employers in litigation avoidance strategies. He regularly counsels employers on compliance with state and federal laws, including the Americans with Disabilities Act, Fair Labor Standards Act, and Occupational Health and Safety Act.

The lunch and learn is $15 for members and $20 for non-members, for more information or to register for the lunch and learn, visit