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Oklahoma attorney meets with U.S. labor secretary about overtime exemption laws

Attorney Leonard Court, who is chairman of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Wage, Hour and Leave Subcommittee, discusses a recent meeting with Labor Secretary Thomas Perez about white-collar exemptions to the federal wage and hour laws.
Oklahoman Modified: July 30, 2014 at 10:28 am •  Published: July 30, 2014

Q&A with Leonard Court

Attorney meets with U.S. labor secretary about overtime laws

Q: Recently, you were part of a delegation from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce that met with Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez and his staff. What was the purpose of that meeting?

A: In March, President Obama directed the secretary of labor to modernize the Department of Labor regulations concerning the white-collar exemptions to the federal wage and hour laws. Employees who fit within these exemptions aren’t covered by the statute. So they aren’t entitled to overtime. Secretary Perez is seeking input from various interested groups on this issue.

Q: What were some of the issues that were discussed?

A: Primarily, the focus was on two issues. First, what should be the minimum salary required for an employee to be exempt? Second, what should be the test concerning what duties the employee must perform in order to qualify as an exempt employee?

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