ACCE's Government Relations Division e-newsletter

August 2015

In this Issue

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Proposed Overtime Changes:
One Week Left to Submit Comments

On June 30, 2015, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division announced a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to update the regulations defining which white collar workers are eligible to receive pay for hours worked over 40 in a workweek.

Currently, salaried workers are eligible for overtime compensation if they work over 40 hours per week and make $455 per week or less ($23,660 annually). The proposal would increase this rate to $970 per week ($50,440 annually). While proponents believe this change will give millions of Americans more money through overtime pay, many Chambers agree that the real result will be slashed hours, fewer benefits and less flexibility.

This change would impact not only your members but also your Chamber as an employer.  The Department of Labor is taking public comments on the proposed rule changes through Friday, September 4. If you have not done so already, you can submit comments hereVisit our Chamberpedia page for additional information on the proposal as well as examples of comments and letters submitted by your Chamber peers and sample communications sent out to their members to educate and call them to action.

Featured Resources

The links below provide valuable resources available on

*NEW* Overtime   

This new page provides background information on the proposed regulations defining which white collar workers are eligible to receive overtime pay. In addition to fact sheets, you will also find samples from Chambers and other business groups for communication to their members regarding the proposed changes and examples of comments submitted to the Department of Labor.

Early Childhood Policy

Includes samples of position statements, advocacy toolkits, talking points and links to chamber-led initiatives advocating for access to high quality early childhood education.

August Division Call Recording   

Visit the Government Relations Division page for access to all recordings of recent monthly calls. These calls are peer sharing opportunities. Some months also feature guest speakers who provide additional information regarding the call’s main topic.

Post Convention Resources  

Whether you joined us in Montréal or you followed the convention online, here is information you may need. Remember that you can still access information about the sessions and the speakers via the convention app on your smartphone. Session recordings will also be available online through ACCE University in late September. 

Upcoming Events

GR Division Monthly Roundtable Call  

Thursday, September 24, 2015

2:00 pm ET

Mark your calendars for the monthly conference call of ACCE’s Government Relations Division. Here’s what you need to participate:

Phone: (760) 569-7171

Pin: 509-142-707

Join your peers for this best practice sharing roundtable conference call! This is an open participation roundtable conference call, not a seminar. Come prepared to share your thoughts and experiences, and build your professional network!

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