- The Waukesha County Business Alliance would be one of the
organizations affected by the overtime expansion law.
of the many events it offers to its member base, the number of hours
its employees work varies daily. To make up for that difference,
Waukesha County Business Alliance President and CEO Suzanne Kelley
said they offer employees a short week during the summer to make up
for the longer hours, closing at noon on Fridays.
that flexibility could become problematic with the new overtime law
as it stands.
developed a plan, but we’re relieved we don’t have to implement
it at this time,” Kelley said. “The way (the law proposal) was
written, it created some hurdles for an organization like ours. We
knew what we’d do if it went into effect, but it wouldn’t have
had a positive impact on the alliance or our employees.”
added that an unintended consequence for the organization could also
be decreased attendance at its many business-oriented events.
are less likely to send employees to an early morning or lunchtime
program if they had to pay overtime as well,” she said. “Right
now they come and have a great time. If a program were to start at
7:30 a.m., it wouldn’t be so flexible. Some employers wouldn’t
bother to send employees.”
other companies that would be most affected by the overtime
expansion, small businesses and nonprofit organizations are at the
forefront. That’s mainly because businesses that fall under those
categories typically have fewer resources available compared to
larger corporations and less “wiggle room.”
have heard from some that the financial impact, particularly on
nonprofits, might be significant given how they’ve established
their salaries for their exempt staff,” MRA Human Resource
Government Affairs Director Kathryn Helmke said.
would say the real small business owners, employers with 25
employees or less, they too would have been more challenged by these
rules as the nonprofits,” Laurie Greenlees, human resource
business advisor/ manager for MRA, said.