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August 18, 2004
Some Firms Say: 'What New OT Rules?'

New rules governing overtime become effective on Monday, August, 23, which may come as a surprise to some small businesses, the Associated Press reports.

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While some firms are working feverishly to bring their companies into compliance with the new rules by the deadline, some smaller firms are unaware of the new OT regulations' existence.

"I think it's safe to say that some small employers are not even aware of the changes," says Tom Farmer of Hewitt Associates, a consulting firm.

Despite media coverage of the battle for and against changing the overtime rules and the Department of Labor's outreach efforts, some small business owners say they have been so consumed with running their businesses that they missed the changes in the regulations.


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"I'm a little shocked," says York Kleinhandler, managing partner of David Kleinhandler & Associates, a New York insurance and estate-planning firm. "Being a small business, we're very much involved with the day-to-day operations of running our business ventures. If the information is not put out in a public domain for us, many times we are not aware."

Larger firms may be aware of the new rules, but getting their companies in compliance may be another matter for some. A recent survey by Hewitt Associates found 20 percent of large firms believe they will miss the August 23 deadline for bringing their companies into compliance with the new overtime rules.

In April, the U.S. Department of Labor published final regulations governing who is eligible for overtime. The new rules make changes to the three tests for determining overtime eligibility: salary-level test, duties test, and salary-basis test. For more information on the changes, please see this article: Final Overtime Regs Make Their Debut: What They Mean for Employers.


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