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It's Time to Face the Overtime (Rules)

About This Course

The federal Fair Labor Standards Act requires certain employers to pay a minimum wage to all employees. It also requires payment of overtime to employees who work in excess of 40 hours per week, unless an employee is considered “exempt” under the Department of Labor’s regulations implementing the FLSA. The Department of Labor recently approved the first changes to the FLSA in over a decade, approximately doubling the minimum salary for an employee to be considered exempt under the FLSA.

These changes will take effect Dec. 1 and are expected to result in approximately 4.2 million employees being newly eligible for overtime pay. The changes will have a significant impact on journalists, who seldom experience a clear 40-hour workweek.

This webinar provides a basic summary of the FLSA, outline the changes that will take effect Dec. 1 and provide a basic checklist of issues to consider as you get ready for the new rules. The presenter is an attorney, not a journalist, so bring your questions.



What Will I Learn:

  • What is the FLSA
  • What companies are covered and what companies are exempt
  • Who is a “nonexempt employee” and, therefore, eligible for overtime pay
  • Who is “exempt” from overtime pay
  • How this distinction will change when the new rules are implemented on Dec. 1, 2016
  • What you should be doing to prepare for these changes
  • What is the likelihood that the rules will not take effect Dec. 1 (or at all)

Who Should Take this Course:

Anyone who will be affected by the potential changes in the new overtime rules, including reporters and other employees who may see their hours cut or salary affected, and editors and other managers who may encounter the same but are more likely to have to implement changes recommended by a publisher or human resources department.

Course Instructor

Kevin M. Goldberg

Kevin M. Goldberg is a Member at Fletcher, Heald & Hildreth, P.L.C. and Legal Counsel to the American Society of News Editors who focuses in First Amendment, Freedom of Information Act, and intellectual property issues as well as those affecting nonprofit organizations and trade associations.


American Society of News Editors

The American Society of News Editors, founded in 1922 as a nonprofit professional organization, focuses on leadership development and journalism-related issues. ASNE promotes fair, principled journalism, defends and protects First Amendment rights, and fights for freedom of information and open government. Leadership, innovation, diversity and inclusion in coverage and the journalism work force, youth journalism and the sharing of ideas are also key ASNE initiatives.

This $29.95 course is available for free thanks to the generous support of ASNE.