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Springfield Regional Chamber Event to Tackle New Overtime Rule

SPRINGFIELD — On May 18, the U.S. Department of Labor released its new rule regarding overtime exempt status, which raises the salary threshold and could extend overtime pay to more than 4 million workers who are currently ineligible.

The rule doubles the salary level at which full-time salaried workers are eligible for overtime and increases the salary level for ‘highly compensated employees,’ which could impact more than 83,000 workers in Massachusetts alone.

Timothy Murphy, partner with Skoler, Abbott & Presser, P.C. and member and former chair of the Springfield Regional Chamber’s legislative steering committee, will explore the impact of the rule at the Springfield Regional Chamber Lunch ‘n’ Learn on Tuesday, June 28 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Lattitude, 1388 Memorial Ave., West Springfield.

Murphy will break down the new rule, explain the impact on the region’s employers, provide guidance for nonprofits and higher-education institutions, outline what area businesses need to know to be compliant, and discuss strategies to lessen the impact to the bottom line.

Murphy joined Skoler, Abbott & Presser in 2001 after serving as general counsel to an area labor union. He represents and advises both union and non-union employers in a wide range of labor and employment matters. He regularly represents employers in matters before state and administrative agencies and courts. His work includes assisting employers to remain union-free, defending unfair labor practices, negotiating collective-bargaining agreements, and handling grievance arbitrations.

He is a graduate of Western New England Law School, where he has subsequently taught courses in employment law. He is a frequent contributor to business and human-resource publications and a contributing author to the Massachusetts Employment Law Letter. He is a past Super Lawyers Rising Star and was named among the Best Lawyers in America.

Reservations for the June Lunch ‘n’ Learn cost $25 for Springfield Regional Chamber members and $35 for general admission. Registration includes lunch and one-on-one discussions with Murphy. Reservations may be made online at www.springfieldregionalchamber.com.

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