Federal rules make changes regarding overtime earnings

“We have a reserve fund totally under the control of the county commission,” said Jasper County Auditor Richard Webster.
It’s budget-crunching time for the Jasper County Auditor. Everything from reserves to retirement and salaries is under the microscope.
“Other than our law enforcement and health department, we don’t have a lot of overtime,” said Webster. 
So, Richard Webster expects a limited impact on the 2017 Jasper County Budget. The new overtime standard goes into effect on December 1st, translating into a lot of number crunching for employers in Southwest Missouri and across the country. The U.S. Department of Labor estimates that 4.2 million workers across the country will be affected by raising the benchmark salary to $47,476 a year.  
“There’s one area we’re still wrestling with, whether they are appropriately exempt or non-exempt,” said Dr. Ron Lankford of Joplin Schools HR. 
Dr. Ron Lankford with the Joplin School District points out that the change doesn’t apply to teachers, but there are other staff members affected by the rule change.
“They’ve always been treated as exempt and that will be moved to non-exempt that are instructional staff, and that’s probably going to be the biggest change for about 30 staff members,” Lankford explained.
Estimates show 85,000 workers affected in Missouri and another 40,000 in Kansas.
Some workers are getting a raise from the change, while others are being switched from a set salary to a lower hourly rate with the assumption they’ll make up the difference in overtime hours.

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