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Oct 13, 2016

Federal Overtime Rule Changes as They Apply to Maine Employers

Category: Employment

Co-sponsored by the Central Maine Human Resource Association, the Lewiston CareerCenter, and the LA Metro Chamber.

Almost never are both the federal and state DOL in the same room but this program will bring both together to discuss the new salary changes being implemented on the federal level.  Maine statutes incorporate by reference the salary requirements under the Fair Labor Standard Act (FLSA). Maine employers who currently claim overtime exemptions for their employees who work in a "bona fide executive, administrative or professional capacity" will be required to comply with the new rules for these categories of workers currently set to be effective December 1, 2016. This class will provide an overview of the overtime requirements and discuss the changes required by the new rules and the differences between federal and state overtime requirements.

Pamela Megathlin, the Director of the Bureau of Labor Standards of the Maine Department of Labor, will provide the viewpoint of the Maine DOL and explain how HR and business owners can deal not just with the law but the impact of the changes on employee morale and motivation. As Director, Pamela leads the agency tasked with providing oversight and enforcement of Maine's labor laws. Her bureau also oversees SafetyWorks!, the department's on-site health and safety consultation and training program for both the public and private sectors.  Steven J. McKinney, the regional Community Outreach & Resource Planning Specialist for the US Department of Labor, will provide the viewpoint of the federal DOL and explain the reasons behind the changes and practical advice on how to handle the changes on a business level.  He is also a good person to meet as a resource in the future for wage and hour questions.

This is a brown bag lunch that will begin promptly at 12:00 p.m. at the LA Metropolitan Chamber on Thursday, October 20, 2016  Feel free to email questions in advance to the President of CMHRA at:  The location is the Chamber meeting room at 415 Lisbon Street in Lewiston.  The program is free for CMHRA members, costs $25 for Chamber members, and costs $50 for non-members.  You can register for the program here:

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Rebecca Webber.

This article is not legal advice but should be considered as general guidance in the area of employment and corporate law. Bryan Dench, Amy Dieterich, Jordan Payne, and Rebecca Webber are employment and labor law attorneys; others at the firm handle business and other matters. You can contact us at 207.784.3200. Skelton Taintor & Abbott is a full service law firm providing legal services to individuals, companies, and municipalities throughout Maine. It has been in operation since its founding in 1853.