Congress of Connecticut
Community Colleges
June 7, 2016
A Message from SEIU about the New Overtime Regulations
On May 18, 2016, the Department of Labor released the final rule updating the executive, administrative and professional exemptions to the overtime law. This update was long overdue for the current regulations are not adequately protecting workers from having to work compelled and uncompensated overtime. For more details about the current regulations and the abuses they allow, please see this brief report.

Unfortunately, many colleges, universities, and their associations are complaining about the need to comply with the new regulation. This is an attempt to derail this much needed update to overtime exemptions. Colleges and universities should be leading by example, embracing the call to provide better jobs, wages and work/life balance for their employees as well as their alumni, the most recent of whom are very likely to benefit from this new regulation.

Please see a letter 
through which professors and staff at colleges and universities throughout the United States can show their support for the new overtime regulations, especially as they apply to institutions of higher education. The 4Cs encourages you to consider signing this letter by June 8 at 3pm. 

If you would like to read more about this new rule and its applicability to workers at colleges and universities, the Department of Labor prepared an excellent guidance document, and you may also read blogs from the Economic Policy Institute and the Center for American Progress Action Fund.

The House Education and Workforce Committee is holding a hearing on this issue on June 9, 2016, the overwhelming focus of which will be the supposed negative impact of this regulation on institutions of higher education. We hope to have a letter with a long list of signatures to enter into the record at that hearing, so we appreciate your signature by 3 p.m. ET on Wednesday, June 8, 2016.



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