MORGANTOWN — WVU, WVU Medicine and Mon Health System have taken different approaches to enacting the new federal overtime rule, as they await the outcome of the federal court injunction temporarily blocking the rule.
In the meantime, some WVU medicine employees said they are experiencing the law of unintended consequences from actions taken so far.
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Overtime Final Rule was finalized in May and was to take effect on Dec. 1. However, a Texas federal judge issued a preliminary injunction in November to block implementation.
Among the rule’s aims was to raise the salary threshold for workers to qualify for overtime from $455 per week ($23,660 per year) to $913 per week ($47,476 per year). The DOL said this would protect 4.2 million workers who are now salaried (called exempt employees) and would become hourly (non-exempt) and be paid for their additional work time.