Community radio will feel new federal pay and overtime rules, which take effect soon.

Policy changes to the Fair Labor Standards Act mean, as of Dec. 1, those making $47,476 annually or less are entitled to overtime. Today’s rules set exempt employees at $23,000/year, paid on a salary basis and meet a particular category, including professional, administrative or executive.

The change coming Dec. 1 has to do with exemptions. Employees now need to be paid at least $47,476/year on a salary basis to not be eligible for overtime. Current newspaper featured this conversation on the new rules on The Pub podcast, featuring attorney Rebecca Rizzo:

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Lawsuits have been filed to block the new regulations, which affect small business too. However, Dec. 1 remains the deadline.

NFCB member stations are soon to get a primer on this issue. Non-member stations are encouraged to join NFCB now.