Golf Allied Associations Submit Overtime Pay Comments

By Kaelyn Seymour | Sept. 14, 2015

GCSAA partnered with the PGA of America, CMAA, NGCOA and the NCA to jointly develop public comments regarding the U.S. Department's Notice of Proposed Rulemaking regarding overtime pay regulations. The proposed changes to overtime rules, unveiled by the White House in July, would add an estimated 5 million people nationally to those eligible for time-and-a-half pay for working over 40 hours a week. That would be accomplished by more than doubling the minimum annual salary certain workers could earn before becoming exempt from receiving overtime pay, from $23,660 to $50,440.

The golf industry comments focus on the following tenets:

  1. Bonuses and commissions should be counted. (Unique compensation factors – what is total compensation?)
  2. Object to any change to the primary duties test without a separate proposed notice of rulemaking.
  3. Salary threshold is too high as it does not account for regionality and cost of living.
  4. Employee impact exists when employees must be "demoted" from salaried to hourly.
  5. We are an industry comprised of small businesses with seasonality and fluctuating hours.

In addition to submitting comments with the golf allied organizations, GCSAA penned an article on this topic for the September edition of GCM magazine.

You can find the comments here.