Bert Doerhoff, CPA, Offers Insight into New Overtime Rules

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President Obama’s plan for overhauling the guidelines for overtime pay has resulted in heavy speculation about how it may impact the economy as a whole. Bert Doerhoff offers insight about how small businesses can thrive during this change.

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An estimated 5 million workers and their employers will be impacted by the change.

President Obama’s plan for overhauling the guidelines for overtime pay has resulted in heavy speculation about how it may impact the economy as a whole. Some argue that the changes will provide consumers with more money to spend, giving the economy a boost. Others say that the move will force employers to lay off workers and stifle the economy’s growth.

The new rules change the minimum threshold for required overtime pay from $23,660 to approximately $50,000. Experts estimate that 5 million workers and their employers will be impacted by the change.

The changes suggest that industries where the term “manager” is applied to a salaried employee in an effort to avoid paying overtime will be forced to restructure their organizations. For instance, a supervisor at a fast food restaurant may be earning $30,000, but working so many hours that their income averages far below minimum wage.

As a result of the new rules, employers may be required to begin offering overtime pay to an increased number of employees, or they may be forced to spread the work among more employees to avoid paying overtime rates to those working long hours.

Many employers will choose to increase the pay of their workers that receive an income near the threshold in order to avoid paying them overtime. For many workers, however, there will be a reduction in hours, and the resulting pay, in order to limit overtime pay.

Companies requiring a restructuring to minimize the impact of the new overtime rules will benefit from the advice of a qualified accountant, who can determine how best to reward employees and retain the best talent without minimizing profitability.

“The new rules will affect many of those employees and businesses that are right on the threshold of the new minimum income level. Any businesses that require advice in how to best structure their employees should give us a call and we can help them be both fair to their employees and also protect their business interests,” says Bert Doerhoff.

About Bert Doerhoff:

Bert Doerhoff CPA, Founder of AccuBiz, works closely with small business owners to minimize income tax and fill the gaps so the owner has more time to work on the customer centered core services. He can outsource all functions of their accounting department from bookkeeping thru CFO services. The CPA firm has multiple Quickbooks advisors to help clients maximize the benefits provided by their accounting system. Bert is co-author of Six Steps to Small Business Success available on Amazon.

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