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Nationally, 400 Chambers & Associations Support the Protecting Workplace Advancement and Opportunity Act

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congressLast week, the Tempe Chamber joined nearly 400 chambers and associations across the country to support the Protecting Workplace Advancement and Opportunity Act (S. 2707/H.R. 4773), seeking to overturn the Department of Labor’s proposed overtime rule for exempt employees.

April 25, 2016

TO THE MEMBERS OF THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS:

As representatives of all types of employers throughout the country, we urge you to cosponsor the Protecting Workplace Advancement and Opportunity Act (S. 2707/H.R. 4773) introduced on March 17 by Senators Scott and Alexander, and Representatives Walberg and Kline. This bill would prevent the Department of Labor’s disastrous overtime regulation from taking effect and would direct the Secretary of Labor to conduct a more detailed economic analysis to determine the impact on an array of employers before proposing a new rule.

Last July, the Department of Labor proposed a dramatic change to the regulations that determine whether a “white collar” employee (executive, administrative, or professional) is eligible to be paid overtime for any hours worked beyond 40 per week. Currently, if these employees are performing the “primary duties” of their classification and paid a salary more than $23,660 annually ($455/week), they are classified as exempt from being paid overtime. The new proposal would increase that salary to $50,440 annually ($970/week), and increase it annually.

If implemented, this higher salary will mean many employers will have to either increase their employees’ salaries to keep them exempt, or reclassify them as hourly employees and possibly pay them overtime. For many of our large and small employers, this regulation could mean a disastrous financial hit, or reduce the ability of many businesses to serve their customers.

Reclassifying employees will mean many employees will lose the ability to set their own hours, and to work from home or use electronic technology to conduct their work since that time will be compensable and tracking it will be impossible. Many employees who have been reclassified consider it a demotion and resent the change of status.

While much attention on the impact of the proposed changes has rightly been on how typical for-profit employers will have to adjust, what has gotten inadequate attention is the impact the new rule will have on the most vulnerable employers such as nonprofit charities, academic institutions, and local and municipal governments, all of whom will be challenged to increase their revenues to cover higher labor costs. These groups are our partners in helping to make our communities attractive locations in which to live and start businesses. What will hurt them will hurt us.

Employees of nonprofits routinely work long and odd hours to serve their clients whose needs do not fall neatly into the typical eight hour workday, or 40 hour work week. To avoid this significant budget hit, many charitable groups will be forced to reduce the amount of emotional counseling, free medical care, and other services for people and families in need.

The Protecting Workplace Advancement and Opportunity Act (S. 2707/H.R. 4773) would address the problems with the proposed rule. First, it would nullify the proposed regulation—either in its proposed stage, or if it has been finalized. Second, this bill would require the Secretary of Labor to conduct a detailed and extended economic analysis identifying the impacts on employers that were ignored in the proposed rule such as nonprofits, small governments, Medicare and Medicaid dependent health service providers, and academic institutions. The economic analysis must also identify the impacts in different regions of the country and non-financial impact such as employee benefits, workplace flexibility, and career advancement opportunities.

We believe passage of the Protecting Workplace Advancement and Opportunity Act is necessary to protect our employers from the Department of Labor’s ruinous proposed overtime regulation and we urge you to cosponsor it.

Signed,

Ahwatukee Foothills (AZ) Chamber of Commerce

Alaska Chamber

Albany (OR) Area Chamber of Commerce

Alle Kiski Strong (PA) Chamber

Anderson (SC) Area Chamber of Commerce

Apache Junction (AZ) Chamber of Commerce

Ardmore (OK) Chamber of Commerce

Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce

Ascension (LA) Chamber of Commerce

Ashland (OH) Area Chamber of Commerce

Associated Industries of Arkansas

Associated Oregon Industries

Association of Washington Business

Aurora (IL) Regional Chamber of Commerce

Azusa (CA) Chamber Of Commerce

Baltimore Washington (MD) Corridor Chamber

Barrow County (GA) Chamber of Commerce

Bartlett (IL) Area Chamber of Commerce

Baton Rouge (LA) Area Chamber

Bay City (TX) Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture

Beaver Dam (WI) Chamber of Commerce

Beaverton (OR) Area Chamber of Commerce

Belgrade (MT) Chamber of Commerce

Bellevue (WA) Chamber of Commerce

Billings (MT) Chamber of Commerce

Blair County (PA) Chamber of Commerce

Blairsville-Union County (GA) Chamber of Commerce

Boardman (OR) Chamber of Commerce

Boca (FL) Chamber

Boise (ID) Metro Chamber of Commerce

Bolingbrook (IL) Area Chamber of Commerce

Bonita Springs (FL) Area Chamber of Commerce

Brea (CA) Chamber of Commerce

Brunswick County (NC) Chamber of Commerce

Buckeye Valley (AZ) Chamber

Buffalo Niagara (NY) Partnership

Business & Industry Association of New Hampshire

Business Council of Alabama

Cabarrus (NC) Regional Chamber of Commerce

Cache (UT) Chamber of Commerce

Cambridge (OH) Area Chamber of Commerce

Campbell County (WY) Chamber of Commerce

Canton (IL) Area Chamber of Commerce

Capital Region (NY) Chamber

Carlsbad (CA) Chamber of Commerce

Carson Valley (NV) Chamber of Commerce

Carthage (MO) Chamber of Commerce

Catawba County (NC) Chamber of Commerce

Cedar Park (TX) Chamber of Commerce

Central (LA) Chamber of Commerce

Central Palm Beach (FL) County Chamber of Commerce

Central Pinellas (FL) Chamber of Commerce

Cerritos (CA) Regional Chamber of Commerce

Chamber of Commerce Southern New Jersey

Chamber of Reno, Sparks, and Northern Nevada

Chamber Southwest Louisiana

Chamber630 (IL)

Champaign County (IL) Chamber of Commerce

Chandler (AZ) Chamber of Commerce

Charleston (SC) Metro Chamber of Commerce

Chemung County (NY) Chamber of Commerce

Cherry Creek (CO) Chamber of Commerce

Chester County (PA) Chamber of Business & Industry

Chicago Southland (IL) Chamber of Commerce

Chicagoland (IL) Chamber of Commerce

Chillicothe Ross (OH) Chamber of Commerce

Cincinnati (OH) USA Regional Chamber

Clemson (SC) Area Chamber of Commerce

Coastal Alabama Business Chamber

Colorado Association of Commerce & Industry

Colorado Business Roundtable

Columbia (MO) Chamber of Commerce

Columbia (SC) Chamber of Commerce

Columbia County (GA) Chamber of Commerce

Columbus (NE) Area Chamber of Commerce

Columbus (OH) Chamber of Commerce

Commerce Lexington (KY)

Connecticut Business & Industry Association

Coral Gables (FL) Chamber of Commerce

Corning Area (NY) Chamber of Commerce

Corpus Christi Chamber of Commerce

Crystal Lake (IL) Chamber of Commerce

Dakota County (MN) Regional Chamber

Danville Pittsylvania County (VA) Chamber of Commerce

Darke County (OH) Chamber of Commerce

Daytona (FL) Regional Chamber of Commerce

Delaware State Chamber of Commerce

Detroit (MI) Regional Chamber

Dothan (AL) Area Chamber of Commerce

Douglas County (GA) Chamber

Dubuque (IA) Area Chamber of Commerce

East Parker County (TX) Chamber of Commerce

Eau Claire (WI) Area Chamber of Commerce

Edwardsville/Glen Carbon (IL) Chamber of Commerce

Effingham County (IL) Chamber of Commerce

El Centro (CA) Chamber of Commerce

Elk River (MN) Area Chamber of Commerce

Elmhurst (IL) Chamber of Commerce & Industry

Fall River (MA) Area Chamber of Commerce

Faribault (MN) Area Chamber of Commerce and Tourism

Findlay-Hancock County (OH) Chamber of Commerce

Florida Chamber of Commerce

Fox Cities (WI) Chamber of Commerce

Fremont (NE) Chamber of Commerce

Fresno (CA) Chamber of Commerce

Frisco (TX) Chamber of Commerce

Gahanna (OH) Area Chamber of Commerce

Galena (IL) Area Chamber of Commerce

Gallia County (OH) Chamber of Commerce

Galveston (TX) Regional Chamber of Commerce

Garrett County (MD) Chamber of Commerce, Inc.

Gateway (CA) Chambers Alliance

Geneva (IL) Chamber of Commerce

Georgia Chamber

Gilbert (AZ) Chamber of Commerce

GOA (IL) Regional Business Association

Goleta (CA) Chamber of Commerce

Goochland County (VA) Chamber of Commerce

Goshen (IN) Chamber of Commerce

Granbury (TX) Chamber of Commerce

Grand Forks/East Grand Forks (ND/MN) Chamber of Commerce

Grand Island (NE) Chamber of Commerce

Grand Rapids (MI) Area Chamber of Commerce

Greater Aiken (SC) Chamber

Greater Albuquerque (NM) Chamber of Commerce

Greater Augusta (VA) Regional Chamber of Commerce

Greater Bakersfield (CA) Chamber of Commerce

Greater Beaumont (TX) Chamber of Commerce

Greater Beauregard Chamber of Commerce

Greater Binghamton (NY) Chamber of Commerce

Greater Bluefield (WV) Chamber of Commerce

Greater Columbus (GA) Chamber of Commerce

Greater Conejo Valley (CA) Chamber of Commerce

Greater Decatur (IL) Chamber of Commerce

Greater El Paso (TX) Chamber of Commerce

Greater Elkhart (IN) Chamber of Commerce

Greater Fairbanks (AK) Chamber of Commerce

Greater Flagstaff (AZ) Chamber of Commerce

Greater Franklin County (IA) Chamber of Commerce

Greater Hernando County (TX) Chamber of Commerce

Greater Lawrence County (OH) Area Chamber of Commerce

Greater Lehigh Valley (PA) Chamber of Commerce

Greater Lexington (SC) Chamber

Greater Louisville (KY) Inc. – The Metro Chamber of Commerce

Greater Macon (GA) Chamber of Commerce

Greater Monticello (IN) Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau

Greater North Dakota Chamber

Greater Oak Brook (IL) Chamber of Commerce

Greater Oklahoma City Chamber

Greater Orange (TX) Area Chamber of Commerce

Greater Oro Valley (AZ) Chamber of Commerce

Greater Pensacola (FL) Chamber of Commerce

Greater Philadelphia (PA) Chamber of Commerce

Greater Phoenix (AZ) Chamber of Commerce

Greater Pittsburgh (PA) Chamber of Commerce

Greater Providence (RI) Chamber of Commerce

Greater Raleigh (NC) Chamber of Commerce

Greater Reading (PA) Chamber of Commerce & Industry

Greater Redding (CA) Chamber of Commerce

Greater Scranton (PA) Chamber of Commerce

Greater Spokane Valley (WA) Chamber of Commerce

Greater Summerville/Dorchester County (SC) Chamber of Commerce

Greater Tampa (FL) Chamber of Commerce

Greater Topeka (KS) Chamber of Commerce

Greater Wilkes-Barre (PA) Chamber of Commerce

Greater Woodland Park (CO) Chamber of Commerce

Greater Yakima (WA) Chamber of Commerce

Greater Zephyrhills (FL) Chamber of Commerce

Greenville (SC) Chamber of Commerce

Gresham (OR) Area Chamber of Commerce

Grundy County (IL) Chamber of Commerce & Industry

Harford County (MD) Chamber of Commerce

Harrisburg (PA) Regional Chamber & CREDC

Hawthorne (CA) Chamber of Commerce

Headland (AL) Area Chamber of Commerce

Helena (MT) Area Chamber of Commerce

Henderson County (NC) Chamber of Commerce

High Point (NC) Chamber of Commerce

Hillsboro (OR) Chamber of Commerce

Homer (AK) Chamber of Commerce

Hudson Valley (NY) Gateway Chamber of Commerce

Huntington Beach (CA) Chamber of Commerce

Hutchinson/Reno County (KS) Chamber of Commerce

Illinois Chamber of Commerce

Indiana Chamber of Commerce

Iowa Association of Business and Industry

Jackson County (MI) Chamber of Commerce

JAX (FL) Chamber

Johnson City (TN) Chamber of Commerce

Joliet (IL) Region Chamber of Commerce & Industry

Kalispell (MT) Area Chamber of Commerce

Kansas Chamber of Commerce

Kentucky Chamber of Commerce

Kingman (AZ) Area Chamber of Commerce

Kingsport (TN) Chamber

Klamath County (OR) Chamber of Commerce

Knoxville (TN) Chamber

Lake Havasu (AZ) Area Chamber of Commerce

Lake Houston (TX) Area Chamber of Commerce

Lake Zurich (IL) Area Chamber

Las Vegas (NV) Metro Chamber of Commerce

LAX Coastal (CA) Chamber

League City (TX) Regional Chamber of Commerce

Leavenworth (WA) Chamber of Commerce

Lebanon Valley (PA) Chamber of Commerce

Lee’s Summit (MO) Chamber of Commerce

Lewis Clark Valley (WA) Chamber of Commerce

Lima/Allen County (OH) Chamber of Commerce

Lincoln Park (IL) Chamber of Commerce

Longview (TX) Chamber of Commerce

Long Beach (CA) Area Chamber of Commerce

Los Angeles (CA) Area Chamber of Commerce

Loudoun County (VA) Chamber of Commerce

Louisiana Association of Business and Industry

Lubbock (TX) Chamber of Commerce

Lynchburg (VA) Regional Business Alliance

Macomb (IL) Area Chamber of Commerce

Maine State Chamber of Commerce

Manatee (FL) Chamber of Commerce

Manhattan (KS) Area Chamber of Commerce

Marshall (MN) Chamber of Commerce

Maryland Chamber of Commerce

McAllen (TX) Chamber of Commerce

McLean County (IL) Chamber of Commerce

Meade County (KY) Chamber of Commerce

Meridian (ID) Chamber of Commerce

Mesa (AZ) Chamber of Commerce

Metro Atlanta (GA) Chamber

MID Jersey (NJ) Chamber of Commerce

Midland (TX) Chamber of Commerce

Milledgeville-Baldwin County (GA) Chamber

Minden-S. Webster (LA) Chamber of Commerce

Minot (ND) Area Chamber of Commerce

Mississippi Economic Council – The State Chamber of Commerce

Missoula (MT) Area Chamber of Commerce

Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Mobile (AL) Area Chamber of Commerce

Monroe (LA) Chamber of Commerce

Montana Chamber of Commerce

Moore County (NC) Chamber of Commerce

Myrtle Beach (SC) Area Chamber of Commerce

Nampa (ID) Chamber of Commerce

Naperville (IL) Area Chamber of Commerce

Nashville (TN) Area of Chamber of Commerce

National Black Chamber of Commerce

Nebraska Chamber of Commerce & Industry

Nevada Resort Association

New Jersey Business and Industry Association

New Mexico Association of Commerce & Industry

Newark (NJ) Regional Business Partnership

Newnan-Coweta (GA) Chamber

Nogales-Santa Cruz County (AZ) Chamber of Commerce

Norfolk (NE) Area Chamber of Commerce

Norman (OK) Chamber of Commerce

North Carolina Chamber

North Country (NY) Chamber of Commerce

North Myrtle Beach (SC) Chamber of Commerce

North Orange County (CA) Chamber

North San Diego (CA) Business Chamber

Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce Northern Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce

Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce

North SA (TX) Chamber of Commerce

Ohio Chamber of Commerce

Opelika (AL) Chamber of Commerce

Orange County (CA) Business Council

Orland Park (IL) Area Chamber of Commerce

Orlando (FL), Inc.

Oshkosh (WI) Chamber of Commerce

Ottawa (IL) Area Chamber of Commerce & Industry

Overland Park (KS) Chamber of Commerce

Oxnard (CA) Chamber of Commerce

PA Chamber of Business and Industry

Paducah (KY) Area Chamber of Commerce

Park City (UT) Chamber/Convention & Visitors Bureau

Pasadena (CA) Chamber of Commerce

Pittsburgh Airport (PA) Area Chamber of Commerce

Plano (TX) Chamber of Commerce

Plymouth (MI) Community Chamber of Commerce

Pocatello-Chubbuck (ID) Chamber of Commerce

Port Hueneme (CA) Chamber of Commerce

Porterville (CA) Chamber of Commerce

Prattville (AL) Area Chamber of Commerce

Prescott (AZ) Chamber of Commerce

Prescott Valley (AZ) Chamber of Commerce

Prince William (VA) Chamber of Commerce

Pullman (WA) Chamber of Commerce

Quincy (IL) Area Chamber of Commerce

Rancho Cordova (CA) Chamber of Commerce

Redondo Beach (CA) Chamber of Commerce

Reynoldsburg (OH) Area Chamber of Commerce

Richland Area (OH) Chamber of Commerce

Roane (TN) Alliance

Roanoke (VA) Regional Chamber of Commerce

Roanoke Valley (NC) Chamber of Commerce

Robins (GA) Regional Chamber

Rochester (MN) Area Chamber of Commerce

Rogers-Lowell (AR) Chamber of Commerce

Roseburg (OR) Area Chamber of Commerce

Sacramento (CA) Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce

Salt Lake (UT) Chamber

San Antonio (TX) Chamber of Commerce

San Diego (CA) Regional Chamber of Commerce

San Gabriel Valley (CA) Economic Partnership

Sandy Area (UT) Chamber of Commerce

Santa Clara (CA) Chamber of Commerce

Santa Clarita Valley (CA) Chamber of Commerce

Savannah (GA) Area Chamber of Commerce

Schuylkill (PA) Chamber of Commerce

Shenango Valley (PA) Chamber of Commerce

Sheridan County (WY) Chamber of Commerce

Silver City Grant County (NM) Chamber of Commerce

Simi Valley (CA) Chamber of Commerce

Sioux Falls (SD) Area Chamber of Commerce

Smith Mountain Lake (VA) Regional Chamber of Commerce

South Baldwin (AL) Chamber of Commerce

South Bay (CA) Association of Chambers of Commerce

South Carolina Chamber of Commerce

South Lake (FL) Chamber of Commerce

South Tampa (FL) Chamber of Commerce

Southeast Kentucky Chamber

Southwest California Legislative Council

Springerville-Eagar (AZ) Regional Chamber of Commerce, dba Apache County Chambers of Commerce

St. Joseph (MO) Chamber of Commerce

St. Joseph County (IN) Chamber of Commerce

St. Petersburg (FL) Area Chamber of Commerce

Tacoma-Pierce County (WA) Chamber of Commerce

Tampa Bay Beaches (FL) Chamber of Commerce

Tempe (AZ) Chamber of Commerce

Tennessee Chamber of Commerce & Industry

Texas Association of Business

The Business Council of New York State

The Chamber of Medford/Jackson County (OR)

The Greater Bethesda-Chevy Chase (MD) Chamber of Commerce

The Greater Springfield (IL) Chamber of Commerce

The Lancaster (PA) Chamber of Commerce & Industry

Toledo (OH) Regional Chamber of Commerce

Tri-City (WA) Regional Chamber of Commerce

Trussville (AL) Area Chamber of Commerce

Tualatin (OR) Chamber of Commerce

Tucson (AZ) Metro Chamber

Tulsa (OK) Regional Chamber of Commerce

Union County (NC) Chamber of Commerce

U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Utah Valley (UT) Chamber of Commerce

Valdosta-Lowndes (GA) Chamber of Commerce

Valley (CA) Industry & Commerce Association

Victoria (TX) Chamber of Commerce

Virginia Chamber of Commerce

Virginia Peninsula Chamber of Commerce

Vista (CA) Chamber of Commerce

Washington Retail Association

Wausau (WI) Regional Chamber of Commerce

West Baton Rouge (LA) Chamber of Commerce

West Orange (FL) Chamber of Commerce

West Virginia Chamber of Commerce

Westerville (OH) Area Chamber Of Commerce

White House (TN) Chamber of Commerce

White Pine (NV) Chamber of Commerce

Wichita (KS) Metro Chamber of Commerce

Wilkes (NC) Chamber of Commerce

Wilmington (NC) Chamber of Commerce

Winnetka-Northfield (IL) Chamber of Commerce

Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce

Worthington (OH) Area Chamber of Commerce

Youngstown/Warren (OH) Regional Chamber

Yuma County (AZ) Chamber of Commerce

 

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