Compensation Managers' Latest Headache: the Overtime Law Revisions They Eagerly Awaited - Publishes "Top 100 FLSA Overtime Q & A's"

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It's ironic that the group most troubled by recent revisions to the FLSA overtime law is compensation managers, not labor unions. Employers were the ones who looked forward to revisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938.

Eight months after FLSA overtime pay changes went into effect, some of the biggest complaints are coming from the least likely source – compensation managers. Their beef - the new regulations are still confusing, even after the biggest revisions to the Federal Labor Standard Act since 1938.

The irony is that HR and compensation managers were the ones who embraced the revised payroll laws, hoping for simplification of the regulation’s complex provisions. While labor unions fretted over workers losing overtime pay under the new law, their doomsday predictions have not been realized., where employers go for reliable compensation data and tools, has a new Special Report that answers the law's most common questions. "Top 100 FLSA Overtime Q & A's: Most Frequently Asked Questions about the New FLSA Overtime Regulations" is free to employers at

The payroll questions indicate the range of practical problems that employers face as they try to determine who is eligible for overtime pay while balancing tight pay budgets. Most questions are predictable – for example, who is exempt from overtime pay and under what circumstances? But many queries illustrate the complexity of applying the law in today’s modern workplace.

Take, for example Question 24: "If an employee takes more than 1 smoke break per 4-hour pay period, is it acceptable to deduct that time?" Or Question 29: "How do you calculate overtime when someone works on a piecework basis?" Other questions deal with workers sharing jobs or having to travel to distant work sites, and so on.

According to Susan Prince, senior editor at, "It's no wonder that so many employers said in our recent survey that they've been audited by the Department of Labor for wage and hour problems – it’s still very hard to comply with this law."

The "Top 100 FLSA Overtime Q & A's" —free, and in PDF format—can be downloaded here:

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