It's 7AM: Do You Know Where Your Overtime is Headed?

2014 Annual Conference
Workplace Application: Start your day by getting smart about the potentially dramatic changes to overtime laws when Tammy McCutchen is interviewed by former SHRM Board Chair and current co-chair of Littler's WPI TM, Michael J. Lotito

Former U.S. DOL Wage and Hour Administrator Tammy McCutchen will tell you where the nation's overtime laws are headed at this special Rise and Shine session. Tammy is now a shareholder in Littler's Workplace Policy Institute(r) (WPI(tm)) in Washington, DC, but in 2004 she was the principal drafter who modernized the white collar overtime rules. Now the White House wants Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez to "modernize" overtime rules again! What does that mean? How might the salary test change? What happens to the duties test? Which industries will be most affected? What is the rulemaking process and how long will it take? Can HR professionals have a voice in the process?

Date(s) & Time(s): 
Monday, June 23, 2014 - 7:00am to 8:15am

Tammy McCutchen


Tammy D. McCutchen is a senior affiliate with Resolution Economics, providing expert services in the Company’s Wage & Hour and Human Capital Strategy groups.

McCutchen became affiliated with Resolution Economics in 2021. She is a nationally recognized expert in all aspects of wage and hour law. Her experience includes regulation drafting and enforcement, conducting internal compliance audits, defending agency investigations, designing compliance applications using smart technology, and serving as a consulting and testifying expert in wage and hour class and collective actions.

Prior to joining the DOL, she served as Administrator of the Wage and Hour Division at the U.S. Department of Labor. Nominated by President George W. Bush and confirmed by the U.S. Senate, she was the country’s top enforcer of the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, and wage laws affecting government contractors (the Davis-Bacon Act and the Service Contract Act). She managed an annual budget of $160 million and 1,400 employees, represented by two unions, in more than 250 offices across the country. She was responsible for the issuance of opinion letters and set enforcement policy. She also was the principal architect of the 2004 revisions to the overtime exemption regulations, the most significant overhaul of the regulations in 50 years. Since leaving DOL, she has been the principal author of numerous comments on proposed changes by DOL to the FLSA regulations, including on overtime and independent contractors. She also has defended dozens of employers facing DOL investigations of FLSA, DBA, and SCA compliance.

After serving at the DOL, she practiced law with Littler Mendelson, PC and was a founding vice president and managing director of ComplianceHR. At CHR, she directed the development of the only on-demand suite of intelligent compliance applications focused on helping employers address the ever-changing federal and state employment law requirements on minimum wage, overtime, independent contracting and more. Her Navigator IC and Navigator OT apps assess the risks of classifying workers as independent contractors and employees as overtime exempt as quickly as it takes to fill out an on-line questionnaire. She remains a Strategic Advisor for the company.

Previously, she was in-house counsel for employment at the Hershey Company, practiced law at Skadden Arps, and clerked for Honorable Daniel A. Manion on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.

Michael J. Lotito, Esq.

Michael J.
Lotito, JD

As co-chair of Littler Mendelson’s Workplace Policy Institute (WPI), Michael Lotito strategically advises clients and policy makers on not only what labor and employment law is today, but what it might become. A nationally recognized thought leader on workplace policy, Michael has testified before both chambers of Congress, as well as the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). In his WPI role, Michael advocates on behalf of the employer community on a variety of issues. Through the Emma Coalition, which Michael co-founded, he is at the vanguard of preparing American business and the American workforce for the future of work.

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Credit Type: 
HR Credit
Session Type: 
Concurrent Session
HR Expertise
Critical Evaluation
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