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Chamber to Host Lunch n Learn on New OT Rule

May 31, 2016

SPRINGFIELD, Mass., May 31, 2016 – On May 18, 2016, the United States Department of Labor released its much anticipated rule regarding overtime exempt status which raises the salary threshold and could extend overtime pay to more than four 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, Esq., partner with Skoler, Abbott & Presser, P.C. 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 June 28, 2016 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Lattitude’s, 1388 Memorial Avenue, West Springfield.

Murphy will breakdown 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.

A native of the Springfield area, Murphy 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 a Best Lawyers in America.

Reservations for the June Lunch n Learn are $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

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