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***MEDIA ADVISORY*** Subcommittee to Examine Federal Wage and Hour Regulations

On Wednesday, June 10 at 10:30 a.m., the Subcommittee on Workforce Protections, chaired by Rep. Tim Walberg (R-MI), will hold a hearing entitled, “Reviewing the Rules and Regulations Implementing Federal Wage and Hour Standards.” The hearing will take place in room 2175 of the Rayburn House Office Building.
         
The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) sets forth federal wage and hour protections for public- and private-sector employees. Employees who are covered by the law’s requirements are referred to as “non-exempt” employees, and those who are not covered are considered “exempt” employees. Most professional, administrative, or managerial employees qualify as exempt as defined in regulations written and enforced by the Department of Labor. The regulatory structure surrounding the law has grown increasingly complex, burdensome, and outdated, producing an environment of legal uncertainty for employers and employees. The nonpartisan Government Accountability Office (GAO) found a significant increase in FLSA-related litigation in recent years and recommended the department develop a systematic approach to identifying areas of confusion and to improve guidance in those areas.
   
Wednesday’s hearing will provide an overview of the regulations implementing the Fair Labor Standards Act, as well as examine concerns with how current rules and enforcement policies affect workplaces. To learn more about the hearing, visit /hearings.                 

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WITNESS LIST

Ms. Nicole Berberich
Human Resources Director
Cincinnati Animal Referral and Emergency (CARE) Center
Cincinnati, OH

Mr. Leonard Court
Senior Partner
Crowe & Dunlevy
Oklahoma City, OK

The Honorable Seth Harris
Former Acting Secretary of Labor and Deputy Secretary of Labor
Ithaca, NY

Mr. Jamie Richardson
Vice President
White Castle System, Inc.
Columbus, OH