As has been expected, the U.S. Department of Labor issued its Overtime Final Rule yesterday. This new rule will go into effect on December 1, 2016, and will become part of DOL regulations. It will have an impact on many Alaska nonprofits. The National Council of Nonprofits, a Foraker national partner, has just launched a new page on its website that includes all the latest information on the rule and how it will apply to the nonprofit sector. We encourage you to click here and review the National Council’s summary. It should help you better understand how the rule could affect you. The National Council will update the page whenever new information becomes available, so we encourage you to check it frequently.
Please note the section on Does this Regulation Apply to My Nonprofit? when you review the Council page. Alaska is one of the states where the federal rule will apply because Alaska automatically incorporates Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) regulations into state requirements.
Thank you for all of you who participated providing feedback to DOL. It appears they listened. The Labor Department is also publishing a special overview and guidance for nonprofit organizations in an effort to address longstanding confusion about how the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and the overtime rules apply to nonprofit employers and employees.
Foraker staff and the board public policy committee have been closely following this issue for a number of months. If we don’t immediately have an answer to your question, we’ll find it for you. We will continue to work closely with the National Council to provide new tools and educational opportunities as well as providing our own one-on-one support to organizations who need it.
If you have questions about the rule, or want to understand steps your organization will have to take to comply with it, please call us, we are ready to help.