US compliance news at a glance


A round-up of the latest compliance issues facing employers in the US:

US government raises salary threshold for overtime pay

The US Department of Labor has finalised a new overtime rule that extends the salary threshold for overtime pay eligibility. Employees who work more than 40 hours a week and earn less than $913 (£625) a week will now be eligible for overtime. Previous rules stated that employees were only eligible for overtime if their salary was less than $455 (£312) a week. The new rule will come into effect in December 2016.

US rules clarify incentive levels for wellness programmes

The US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has issued final rules that clarify how Title 1 of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Title II of the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA) apply to workplace wellness programmes that offer incentives and request personal health information from employees and their families.

Amazon and L’Oreal USA commit to US government’s equal-pay pledge

Almost 30 organisations, including Amazon, Expedia, Pinterest, and PepsiCo, have committed to the US government’s voluntary Equal Pay Pledge in a bid to combat the gender pay gap.