In the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) RIN 1235-A111, DOL proposes to increase and automatically update the salary threshold for exemptions from overtime protections under the The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).
Ben Zipperer was a Research Economist at the Washington Center for Equitable Growth. His research focused on the minimum wage and other labor standards, measuring how specific labor market policies affect the income distribution, productivity, and employment. He received a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and a B.S. in mathematics from the University of Georgia.
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