The Department of Labor’s final rule revising the Fair Labor Standards Act overtime regulations was released on May 18, 2016.
Under the final rule:
• The annual salary threshold for exempt positions will jump from $23,660 to $47,476 (or from $455 to $913 per week) , and will be updated every three years. That’s less than the proposed rule’s $50,440 annual amount, but more than double the old threshold.
• There will be no change in the duties test used to determine whether employees earning more than the salary threshold must be classified as nonexempt from overtime, including the exemptions for executive, administrative and professional positions, among others.
• For highly compensated employees (HCEs), who may generally be considered exempt without regard to the duties test, the final rule raises the annual HCE salary threshold from $100,000 to $134,004.
The new rules take effect on Dec. 1, 2016.
OSHA and the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) have issued warnings relating to the spread of the Zika virus. The virus can be spread by contact with infected human body fluids but is normally spread by certain strains of mosquitos. Although there are no current strains of Ohio or Michigan mosquitos known to carry the Zika Virus, there is concern it will eventually find its way into local populations. The virus has been linked to serious birth defects.
Although there is no current OSHA regulation specifically requiring employers to protect workers from exposure, there is a general duty clause requiring employers to keep employees safe from any hazard that could affect the health or safety of workers.
The alert recommends employers have workers exposed to mosquitos wear lose fitting clothing, covering body parts and use repellants. They recommend ridding areas of standing water and using chemicals to reduce the mosquito populations, but caution on safe use of the chemicals. Women who are or can become pregnant should follow strict precautions.
Someone infected will normally have symptoms in 2-5 days. The symptoms are
The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced that until further notice, employers should continue using Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification. According to the agency, this current version of the form continues to be effective even after the Office of Management and Budget control number expiration date of March 31, 2016 has passed. USCIS says it will provide updated information about the new version of Form I-9 as it becomes available. Employers must complete Form I-9 for all newly hired employees to verify their identity and authorization to work in the U.S.
Ohio generally does not require private employers to provide employees meal or rest breaks, except as follows:
Special Requirements for Minors
Other restrictions apply including restrictions on working hours and prohibited occupations for minors which means any person less than 18 years of age. For more information refer to Ohio Minor Labor Laws Poster.