The Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry’s (L&I) has reached out to RCPA in response to our letter last summer requesting an extension for the regulatory public comment period on the white collar overtime exemptions from Pennsylvania’s Minimum Wage Act. L&I has received numerous comments from stakeholders indicating that there is a lot of interest in the proposed rulemaking regarding the overtime exemptions.
As a result, L&I has contacted RCPA to determine if there is member interest in roundtable education and discussions on the white collar exemptions. L&I wants the opportunity to engage employers and affected organizations in a frank discussion on the application of these exemptions, and how the department can help employers and organizations comply with the exemptions’ requirements. Some of the public comments received indicated that there is some misinformation surrounding the required factors that would trigger any of the overtime exemptions. L&I stated that they would be open to any constructive suggestions that impacted individuals and groups may have in moving forward with modifications to the existing proposal.
L&I is in the process of setting up stakeholder outreach meetings in mid to late May and early June in five locations across the state:
- Pittsburgh – Wednesday, May 15
- Erie – Thursday, May 16
- Harrisburg – Wednesday, May 22
- Philadelphia region – Wednesday, May 29
- Scranton region – Wednesday, June 5
While the above dates are tentative, they will be confirmed later this month. If your organization would like to attend one of these meetings, please send your request to Jack Phillips, RCPA’s Director of Government Affairs, by Thursday, April 25.
L&I has requested that participants come prepared with questions about the exemptions, as well as comments on how they believe exemptions may impact their operations. L&I has asked for no more than 15 participants at each session; this will allow them to hear from and engage with each individual and the organization they represent. Thank you in advance for your participation and cooperation. Please forward questions to RCPA Director of Government Affairs Jack Phillips.