HOLD PLEASE: Get Ready for New Wage Rules

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In March 2014, President Obama issued a Presidential Memorandum directing the Department of Labor to update the minimum wage and overtime standards. These new standards were supposed to go into effect on December 1 and would affect millions of employees, many in nonprofits.  Many organizations were putting plans in place for how to deal with these new changes.

But, on November 22, a federal judge issued an injunction that, at least temporarily, places the new regulations on hold, ruling that the “DOL exceeded its authority by focusing on workers’ salaries to determine whether they’re eligible for overtime pay.” The Department of Labor is expected to appeal, but even if the appeal is approved, the new Trump administration can review any presidential action passed in the last 60 legislative days thanks to the Congressional Review Act, passed in 1996.

So, at least temporarily, any plans your organization made to comply with these new standards should be placed on hold. Be sure to consult a lawyer on your board or someone in the community for their formal opinion and expertise.

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About Sarah Marczynski

Sarah joined the Chattanooga Symphony & Opera in 2010 working with the Marketing and Development staffs and quickly became interested in community engagement and education. She holds a Master’s of Public Administration focusing in Nonprofit Arts Management from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga where her capstone and other work under Dr. Christopher Horne examined attendance patterns in high-art cultural institutions and network relationships between local arts agencies and cultural partners. She also holds a Bachelor’s of Vocal Music Education from UTC, where she studied under Dr. Kevin Ford and Ron Ulen.

Sarah has been active in the Chattanooga arts community, serving as the founding chair of the Chattanooga Young Artistic Network (CYAN), graduating from the Holmberg Arts Leadership Institute, and working with the Chattanooga Boys Choir, the Choral Arts Society, the Hunter Museum of American Art, the Chattanooga Bach Choir.

Outside of the arts world, Sarah pretends to be an excellent cook (but she's broken 2 ovens), reads Jane Austen novels, and watches way too much House of Cards.

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