Legal Alert: The U.S. Department of Labor’s Revised White Collar Regulations

In September, the United States Department of Labor (DOL) published revised regulations under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) that significantly increase the required minimum salary that must be paid to executive, administrative, and professional employees—that is, “white collar” employees—in order for those employees to be exempt from an entitlement to overtime pay for hours worked in excess of 40 per work week. The revised regulations go into effect on January 1, 2020.

Pro Bono Partnership and the Jackson Lewis law firm, in conjunction with the Center for Non-Profits, The Connecticut Community Nonprofit Alliance (The Alliance), Lawyers Alliance for New York, and Nonprofit New York, have prepared a two-part article discussing the revised regulations and what they mean for nonprofits.

Part I of the article, written by Michael A. Frankel, Esq. and Joseph J. DiPalma, Esq. from Jackson Lewis P.C., explains in detail the major changes made by the DOL and how those changes will impact the nonprofit community. Part I also discusses the obligation of nonprofits to simultaneously comply with both the federal FLSA and applicable state wage and hour laws, and provides a brief reminder to nonprofits about some of the limits on the use of volunteers. Read Part I here.

Part II, written by Christine Michelle Duffy, Esq. from Pro Bono Partnership, provides employers an overview of some considerations and strategies for addressing the changes mentioned above. Part II will (1) help nonprofits navigate decisions relating to whether to reclassify exempt employees and nonexempt, (2) alert nonprofits to some hidden landmines, and (3) provide nonprofits tips for complying with the revised regulations. Read Part II here.

If you have any questions regarding the content of the article, please contact one of the following Pro Bono Partnership lawyers:

  • Connecticut and New York nonprofits: Jennifer Grudnowski, at (914) 328-0674 ext. 335.
  • New Jersey nonprofits: Christine Michelle Duffy, at (973) 240-6955 ext. 303.

Pro Bono Partnership, the Center for Non-Profits, The Connecticut Community Nonprofit Alliance (The Alliance), Lawyers Alliance for New York, and Nonprofit New York wish to thank Mike Frankel, Joe DiPalma, and Jackson Lewis for preparing Part I of this article for the benefit of the nonprofit communities in Connecticut, New Jersey, and New York.