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Saturday, May 21, 2016

2016 BET Award Nominees are In: Drake, Rihanna and Beyonce top the list

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DRAKE DOMINATES WITH NINE NOMINATIONS WHILE BEYONCÉ AND RIHANNA FOLLOW WITH FIVE EACH

New York, NY – BET Networks, a unit of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIA, VIA.B sted NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), have announced the nominations for the 2016 "BET Awards," taking place at Microsoft Theater on Sunday, June 26. This year’s broadcast marks 16 years of spectacular performances, must-see moments, outstanding talent, and exquisite music: from Alicia Keys performing during the Prince Lifetime Achievement Award tribute and Michael Jackson taking the stage with James Brown to Beyoncé catering to Terrence Howard and the reuniting of The Fugees, the “BET Awards” has set the standard for can’t miss specials.
Drake leads the list of entertainers with an impressive nine nominations including ‘Best Male Hip Hop Artist,’ ‘Video of the Year,’ and ‘Best Collaboration’ for his hit “Where Ya At” with fellow hip hop artist Future. Beyoncé and Rihanna follow with five nods each. Beyoncé is nominated for top nods of the night including ‘Best Female R&B/Pop Artist,’ ‘Video of the Year,’ and ‘Best Collaboration’ for “Feeling Myself” with Nicki Minaj. Rihanna is in the running for awards including ‘Best Female R&B/Pop Artist,’ ‘Video of the Year,’ and ‘Best Collaboration,’ for “Work” featuring Drake. Other nominees include newcomer Bryson Tiller who is up for four awards including ‘Best Male R&B/Pop Artist.’ Chris Brown is nominated for the same number including ‘Best Male R&B/Pop Artist’ and ‘Video Director of the Year.’  Future could also walk away with four awards including ‘Best Male Hip Hop Artist’ and the ‘Coca-Cola Viewers’ Choice Award.’
For the first time ever, BET has enlisted renowned choreographer Will “WilldaBeast” Adams to create an exclusive, high energy video exclusively announcing three of the categories. Alongside his choreography partner Janelle Ginestra, a special compilation has been produced with clips of songs honoring artists nominated for ‘Best Collaboration,’ ‘Best Male Hip Hop Artist,’ and ‘Best Female Hip Hop Artist.’ Dancers and friends from WilldaBeast’s ImmaBEAST dance company are featured in the video which can be viewed here. The video has over sixteen pieces of choreography including special appearances by some of the biggest names in dance including China Taylor, Taylor Hatala, and even a cameo from “Black-ish” star Miles Brown.
BET Networks recognizes artists, entertainers, and athletes across over 20 categories with the 2016 "BET Awards" nominations. The nominations are selected by BET’s Voting Academy, which is comprised of fans and an esteemed group of entertainment professionals in the fields of television, film, music, social media, digital marketing, sports journalism, public relations, and the creative arts.
“These nominees represent depth and diversity in achievement over the past year and we look forward to recognizing them next month,” said Stephen Hill, BET’s President of Programming. “This show will be innovative and special; in addition to celebrating the best in entertainment, we’ll also spend time throughout the show remembering Prince as only BET can. You can count on memorable performances and moments in honor of a true legend.”
The complete list of nominees for the 2016 "BET Awards" are:
Best Female R&B/Pop Artist
ADELE
ANDRA DAY
BEYONCÉ
K. MICHELLE
RIHANNA
Best Male R&B/Pop Artist
BRYSON TILLER
CHRIS BROWN
JEREMIH
THE WEEKND
TYRESE
Best Group
2 CHAINZ & LIL WAYNE
DRAKE & FUTURE
PUFF DADDY & THE FAMILY
RAE SREMMURD
THE INTERNET
Best Collaboration
BIG SEAN FT. CHRIS BROWN & TY DOLLA $IGN - PLAY NO GAMES
BIG SEAN FT. KANYE WEST & JOHN LEGEND - ONE MAN CAN CHANGE THE WORLD  
FUTURE FT. DRAKE - WHERE YA AT                                                    
NICKI MINAJ FT. BEYONCÉ - FEELING MYSELF
RIHANNA FT. DRAKE - WORK
Best Male Hip Hop Artist
DRAKE
FETTY WAP
FUTURE
J. COLE
KANYE WEST
KENDRICK LAMAR
Best Female Hip Hop Artist
DEJ LOAF
LIL KIM
MISSY ELLIOTT
NICKI MINAJ
REMY MA
Video of the Year
BEYONCÉ - FORMATION
BRYSON TILLER - DON'T                                                            
DRAKE - HOTLINE BLING
KENDRICK LAMAR - ALRIGHT                                                               
RIHANNA FT. DRAKE  - WORK
Video Director of the Year
BENNY BOOM
CHRIS BROWN
COLIN TILLEY & THE LITTLE HOMIES
DIRECTOR X
HYPE WILLIAMS
Best New Artist
ALESSIA CARA
ANDRA DAY
BRYSON TILLER
KEHLANI
TORY LANEZ
Dr. Bobby Jones Best Gospel/Inspirational Award
ANTHONY BROWN & GROUP THERAPY
ERICA CAMPBELL
KIRK FRANKLIN
LECRAE
TAMELA MANN
TASHA COBBS
Best Actress
GABRIELLE UNION
KERRY WASHINGTON
TARAJI P. HENSON
TRACEE ELLIS ROSS
VIOLA DAVIS
Best Actor
ANTHONY ANDERSON
COURTNEY B. VANCE
IDRIS ELBA
MICHAEL B. JORDAN
O'SHEA JACKSON JR.
YoungStars Award
AMANDLA STENBERG
QUVENZHANÉ WALLIS
SILENTÓ
WILLOW SMITH
YARA SHAHIDI
Best Movie
BEASTS OF NO NATION
CONCUSSION
CREED
DOPE
STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON
Sportswoman of the Year
CHEYENNE WOODS
GABRIELLE DOUGLAS
SERENA WILLIAMS
SKYLAR DIGGINS
VENUS WILLIAMS
Sportsman of the Year
CAM NEWTON
KOBE BRYANT
LEBRON JAMES
ODELL BECKHAM JR.
STEPHEN CURRY
Coca-Cola Viewers’ Choice Award
BEYONCÉ – FORMATION
BRYSON TILLER – DON’T
CHRIS BROWN – BACK TO SLEEP
DRAKE – HOTLINE BLING
FUTURE FT. DRAKE – WHERE YA AT
RIHANNA FT. DRAKE – WORK
Centric Award
ANDRA DAY - RISE UP
BEYONCÉ – FORMATION
K. MICHELLE – NOT A LITTLE BIT
RIHANNA - BBHMM
THE INTERNET - UNDER CONTROL
Best International Act Africa
AKA (SOUTH AFRICA)
BLACK COFFEE (SOUTH AFRICA)
CASSPER NYOVEST (SOUTH AFRICA)
DIAMOND PLATNUMZ (TANZANIA)
MZVEE (Ghana)
SERGE BEYNAUD (COTE D’IVOIRE) 
WIZKID (NIGERIA)
YEMI ALADE (NIGERIA)
Best International Act UK
KANO
KREPT & KONAN
LIANNE LA HAVAS
SKEPTA
STORMZY
TINIE TEMPAH
The 2016 “BET Awards” will premiere around the world on BET’s international network. It will air in the UK on Tuesday, June 28th at 9:00pm BST, in Africa on Tuesday, June 28th at 7:00pm CAT, and in France on Wednesday, June 29th at 9:00pm CEST.
Stephen G. Hill, BET’s President of Programming, Connie Orlando, BET’s Senior Vice President of Music and Specials, Lynne Harris Taylor, BET’s Vice President of Specials, will serve as Executive Producers for the “BET Awards” along with Jesse Collins, CEO of Jesse Collins Entertainment.

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Friday, May 20, 2016

Kesha's BBMA performance is back on

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Kesha's previously cancelled Billboard Music Awards comeback performance is back on. 

"We are pleased that Kesha and Kemosabe Records have reached an agreement and very much look forward to having Kesha perform on the Billboard Music Awards this Sunday night on ABC," dick clark productions said in a statement to Billboard.

On Tuesday, May 19 Billboard released a statement explaining why the performance was nixed.

"Kesha’s performance on the Billboard Music Awards was always approved, in good faith. Approval was only suspended when Kemosabe learned Kesha was to use the performance as a platform to discuss the litigation. Now that Kemosabe has obtained assurances, that it is relying upon, from Kesha, her representatives, and Dick Clark Productions that neither Kesha nor her supporters will use the performance as such a platform, the approval has been restored," the statement reads.

Kesha has been trying to get out her contract with Dr. Luke in a legal dispute.  She accused him of making sexual advances and forcing her to remain in a contract. Lukes label, Kemosabe Records rescinded the previous agreement to allow their artist to perform over fear she would mention their legal issues on stage. On Instagram Kesha stated that she wanted to participate in the tribute segment to the legendary Bob Dylan and her performance would not have referred to Dr. Luke in any way.

Kesha's fans were planning to show heir support to the beleaguered "Timber" singer by boycotting the show.  A petition from Care 2 and Michael Eisele may have pressured Dr. Luke to reverse their decision.

Their statement read:

"Myself and other Kesha supporters are boycotting the Billboard Music Awards unless Dr. Luke allows her to perform," Eisele told Care2. "It's absolutely ridiculous how he continues to ignore the public outcry over his denial of Kesha's creative freedom. Myself and the 230,600 people who have signed the Care2 petition to free Kesha will continue to fight back against Dr. Luke's cruel and sexist suppression."

Now that all parties have been assured the BBMA platform won't be used to air out their messy legal matters Kesha has been added back on the show.

The Billboard Music Awards air this Sunday (May 22) at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on ABC.

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Statement by Press Secretary Josh Earnest on EgyptAir Flight 804

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The United States offers our deepest condolences to the families and loved ones of the passengers and crew of EgyptAir Flight 804, as well as to the countries affected by this tragedy, first and foremost Egypt and France.  At this time we do not yet know definitively what caused the disappearance of Flight 804.  The United States stands ready to provide our full support and resources to the Governments of Egypt and France as they investigate this incident. - Josh Earnest
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Thursday, May 19, 2016

TUNE IN ALERT: WE TV CELEBRATES NEW SEASONS OF 'MATCH MADE IN HEAVEN' AND 'BRAXTON FAMILY VALUES' AT ATL PREMIERE

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All-New Episodes Air TONIGHT Beginning at 9/8c on WE tv 

Sitarah Pendelton-Eaglin (Executive Producer, "Match Made in Heaven"), Sherri Shepherd (Executive Producer and Host of "Match Made in Heaven"), Stevie Baggs, Lola Robinson and Marc Juris (President, WE tv) attend the season 2 premiere of "Match Made in Heaven" at the Woodruff Arts Center in Atlanta.
Photo Credit: Marcus Ingram

(ATLANTA) - May 19, 2016 - Last night, WE tv hosted a red carpet premiere for season 2 of their reality dating competition "Match Made in Heaven" at the renowned Woodruff Arts Center in the heart of Atlanta. MMIH executive producer and host Sherri Shepherd along with the show's athlete bachelor Stevie Baggs, Jr. and his mom Lola Robinson were on hand to greet the guests. Trina Braxton also made a special appearance to give attendees a preview of the new season of "Braxton Family Values."
VIPs in attendance included Kenya Moore and Matt Jordan ("Real Housewives of Atlanta"); Porsha Williams ("Real Housewives of Atlanta"); Mimi Faust ("Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta"); Kelly Price (R&B Singer); Egypt Sherrod (author/HGTV Host, "Flipping Virgins"); DJ Fadelf; singer Bobby V; actor/singer Mishon; "Cutting It: In the ATL" cast members Beautii JDedra AllenMaja Sky and Lakenya MorrisGocha Hawkins ("LA Hair"); love and relationships expert Spirit ("Rickey Smiley for Real"); "Selling It: In the ATL" cast members Chrishena Stanley and Sarah LoweBenzino ("The Next :15"); actor/rapper Lil Zane and more.
Guests mingled during the opening cocktail reception which was followed by sneak peeks of "Braxton Family Values" and "Cutting It: In the ATL" and then the premiere screening of "Match Made in Heaven." Shepherd moderated a brief Q&A with Stevie and Lola, who dished on the upcoming season and encouraged guests to tune in.  
#MatchMadeInHeaven premieres TONIGHT at 10/9c on WE TV(@WETv) following all new episodes of "Braxton Family Values (#BFV) at 9/8c.
   
The featured shows of the night

   
Lola Robinson with son Stevie Baggs, Jr; Sherri Shepherd 
   
Trina Braxton (left); Kenya Moore and boyfriend Matt Jordan (right)

  
Mimi Faust (left); Porsha Williams (right) 

     
Mishon and Kelly Price (left); Beautii J (right) 

    
Maja Sly and Dedra Allen (left); Gocha Hawkins (right)

   
Gwen Boyd Moss (left); Chrishena Stanley (right)

  
Charmin Lee, T.C. Carson and Spirit (left); Bo Talley Williams (right)

    
The reception was packed!
The drinks were definitely flowing!

Sherri Shepherd stopped for selfies

Guests grabbed some goodies before heading into the theater

Power couple DJ Fadelf and Egypt Sherrod enjoyed their hot popcorn

Benzino got comfortable with a few snacks

WEt v president Marc Juris kicked off the night with opening remarks

Trina Braxton introduced a sneak peek of the new season of "Braxton Family Values"

Stevie Baggs and Lola Robinson enjoyed watching the episode

Sherri Shepherd moderated the post-screening Q&A

Sherri Shepperd, Stevie Baggs and Lola Robinson ended the night with a group shot.
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Go undercover with 'I AM Homicide' premiering on Investigation Discovery on June 14

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(Silver Spring, Md.) - When the streets talk, he listens. Where a crime scene has already been picked over, he can see things everyone else missed. Meet homicide detective Garry McFadden, the focus of Investigation Discovery's all-new original series I AM HOMICIDE. After nearly three decades with the Charlotte Police Department, Det. McFadden has solved more than 700 homicide cases, resulting in a 90-percent success rate with the investigations he pursues. But his work doesn't stop at protecting and serving the community of Charlotte. Chances are that when a call comes in, he knows the victim, the family, or even the perpetrator, because he has made it his mission to be one with the people of Charlotte, operating his investigations out of a local diner instead of the police precinct so he can truly get to know residents across the city and gain their confidence. Det. McFadden uses his street smarts to work the neighborhood networks and gather critical information for leads, at times risking his life by trusting the streets he calls home. I AM HOMICIDE world premieres Tuesday, June 14 at 10/9c only on Investigation Discovery.
 
During each one-hour episode, Det. McFadden opens his case files to reveal how his unorthodox investigation methods helped solve one of the most precarious cases of his career.  Using recreations, archival footage and revisiting the scenes of his most renowned cases, McFadden will take you behind the curtain on the cases that not only defined his career but the community he lives in. He will go anywhere, talk to anyone, and follow any lead with or without backup assistance - all the while wearing the best suits in town. And, after thirty-five years on the force, retirement be damned, he shows no signs of slowing down.
 
Fans can also take a deeper dive each week when Investigation Discovery's top-rated podcast,DETECTIVE, returns on June 7 for an all-new season featuring Det. McFadden.  In each weekly installment of DETECTIVE, McFadden goes into detail about topics including his decorated career, cases that haunt him today, the legacy he wants to leave in Charlotte and his belief that community-based policing could diffuse contentious relations between law enforcement and the people they vow to protect. 
 
I AM HOMICIDE EPISODES INCLUDE:
 
Tuesday, June 14 at 10pm ET
From the Gridiron to the Grave
High School football star Travis Davis is gunned down in the Queen City, sending detective Garry McFadden on the hunt for justice. McFadden discovers a beef from the street might be the lead that sends him straight to his killer.
 
Tuesday, June 21 at 10pm ET
The Crossroads
When a warm-hearted waitress is gunned down in a carjacking gone wrong, Detective McFadden must work fast. But this manhunt will last many years.
 
Tuesday, June 28 at 10pm ET
Serial Shooter
When a beloved tennis star is shot in the back after attending a charity ball, Detective McFadden must determine who could have had it in for such a seemingly faultless golden boy.
 
Tuesday, July 5 at 10pm ET
Philadelphia Freedom
When a nursing student is pulled from her smoldering home, Detective McFadden must confront her lover, ex-boyfriend, and best friend - to uncover who lit the match.
 
Tuesday, July 12 at 10pm ET
Boiling Point
A wealthy power-couple's marriage is in shambles. When the husband reports killing his wife in self-defense, it's up to Detective McFadden to prove, against long odds and high-priced attorneys, that this influential citizen is a cold-blooded killer.
 
Tuesday, July 19 at 10pm ET
Home Improvement
When a female professional suddenly vanishes, her family and friends are baffled. Two weeks later, a body is discovered along a highway in another county. It carries subtle clues that could lead Detective Garry McFadden right to the killer's door.
 
After 27 years of catching killers with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg, North Carolina Police Department, Detective Garry McFadden tried to retire, but it didn't last a month.  Being a detective is in his DNA. During his tenure, Detective McFadden and his team worked over 800 homicide cases.
 
I AM HOMICIDE is produced for Investigation Discovery with Geno McDermott, Alexa Conway and Patrick Conway as executive producers. For Investigation Discovery, Diana Sperrazza is senior executive producer, Sara Kozak is senior vice president of production, Kevin Bennett is general manager, and Henry Schleiff is Group President.

DETECTIVE was created by Investigation Discovery with producer Tom Heijne and executive producer/narrator Garnsey Sloan.  Executives in charge of production are Kevin Bennett and Ami Angelowicz.

About Blackfin TV
Founded in 2014 by CEO Geno McDermott and partner Alexa Conway as EIC, Blackfin is an industry leader in tracking true talent, building shows around them, and selling these packages to cable networks, OTTs and digital outlets. As for style and separating themselves from the rest, Blackfin is the polar opposite of normality. All projects are approached with the mindset that traditional production rules do not apply and never will. For Blackfin, the most compelling stories are served up raw with a dirty lens, some natural sunlight and a vision to always be innovating to make what's never been made. Lawless, guts, instinctual, taste making - these are all words used to describe Blackfin.

About Investigation Discovery
Investigation Discovery (ID) is the leading mystery-and-suspense network on television. From harrowing crimes and salacious scandals to the in-depth investigations and heart-breaking mysteries that result, the "always revealing" network challenges our everyday understanding of culture, society and the human condition. One of our nation's fastest growing cable networks, ID delivers the highest-quality programming to nearly 85 million U.S. households and is available in both high definition (HD) and standard definition (SD). For more information, please visit InvestigationDiscovery.com, facebook.com/InvestigationDiscovery, or twitter.com/DiscoveryID. Investigation Discovery is part of Discovery Communications (Nasdaq: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK), the world's #1 pay-TV programmer reaching nearly 3 billion cumulative subscribers in 220 countries and territories.

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Wednesday, May 18, 2016

LA Car Connection (LACC) and JDRF team up to raise money for research to find a cure for Juvenile Diabetes, Turning TYPE 1 into Type NONE

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ROSAMOND, Calif., May 18, 2016 -- Porsche, Ferrari, Jaguar, BMW and Corvette are just a few of the fast, exotic cars you'll see on the world-renowned raceway at Willow Springs International Raceway.  Featured are the newest model vehicles, the classics and everything in-between.  Drivers and spectators alike can participate in a host of activities including silent and live auctions, including items from David Hasselhoff, Paul Anka and Chris Paul of the Los Angeles Clippers.  The 5th Annual Racetrack Day promises to come alive as a speed monitored racetrack unfolds into an unforgettable event with a fantastic barbecue lunch.  You can also watch it all unfold from the sidelines as spectators as drivers speed past around the dizzying course or experience the thrill driving your own car or riding with a pro!

Last year, LACC and JDRF raised more than $100,000.00 at the 4th Annual Track Day Invitational. This year, with your help, they plan to double the donations!  "Let's make Type 1, Type NONE".

WHAT:      
L.A. Car Connection's 5th Annual Track Day Invitational
  
WHERE:       
Willow Springs International Speedway
 
3500 75th Street West
 
Rosamond, CA 93560
  
WHEN:        
May 19th 2016, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

JDRF is the leading global organization funding type 1 diabetes (T1D) research. JDRF's goal is to progressively remove the impact of T1D from people's lives until we achieve a world without T1D. JDRF collaborates with a wide spectrum of partners and is the only organization with the scientific resources, regulatory influence and a working plan to better treat, prevent, and eventually cure T1D.
L.A. Car Connection (LACC) in Westlake Village, California is a car broker offering the most unique vehicle leasing and purchasing experience in the automobile industry today. An unparalleled commitment to customer service, and a nearly 25-year track record for delivering everything from economy vehicles to custom exotics –just a few of the top reasons why our clients trust L.A. Car Connection with all of their automotive needs.
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FACT SHEET: Growing Middle Class Paychecks and Helping Working Families Get Ahead By Expanding Overtime Pay

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“We’re making more workers eligible for the overtime that you’ve earned.  And it’s one of the single most important steps we can take to help grow middle-class wages.”  President Barack Obama, La Crosse, WI, July 2, 2015

Every week, millions of Americans work more than 40 hours a week but do not receive the overtime pay they have earned.  Tomorrow, the Department of Labor will be finalizing a rule to fix that by updating overtime protections for workers.  In total, the new rule is expected to extend overtime protections to 4.2 million more Americans who are not currently eligible under federal law, and it is expected to boost wages for workers by $12 billion over the next 10 years.

For much of the 20th century, the 40-hour workweek was a pillar of economic security for working families.  The rules of the road were simple: if you were called on to put in extra work, your employer had to pay you extra regardless of whether you received an hourly wage or a salary.  This left most Americans with more money in their pockets, more time to balance obligations at home and at work, and the opportunity to get ahead with more time outside of work for school or additional training.

Yet over the past 40 years, overtime protections eroded as a result of inflation and lobbyists’ efforts to weaken them.  The share of full-time workers qualifying for overtime based on their salaries has plummeted from 62 percent in 1975 to 7 percent today—even though the protections are more important than ever.  Parents now have more demands on their time, with all parents working in more than six out of ten households with children.  And despite a recent acceleration in wage growth and businesses adding 14.6 million jobs over a record 74 straight months of job growth, most Americans have seen relatively stagnant wages for the past few decades.

That’s why tomorrow, the Department of Labor is finalizing a rule to update overtime protections so they can help millions more Americans.  The final rule, which takes effect on December 1, 2016, doubles the salary threshold—from $23,660 to $47,476 per year—under which most salaried workers are guaranteed overtime (hourly workers are generally guaranteed overtime pay regardless of their earnings level).  Additionally, this new level will be automatically updated every three years to ensure that workers continue to earn the pay they deserve. 

Increasing overtime protections is another step in the President’s effort to grow and strengthen the middle class by raising Americans’ wages.  This extra income will not only mean a better life for American families impacted by overtime protections, but will boost our economy across the board as these families spend their hard-earned wages.

RESTORING OVERTIME PROTECTIONS

In March 2014, President Obama signed a memorandum directing the Department of Labor to modernize our nation’s overtime rules, which have been comprehensively updated only once since the 1970s. 

Overtime protections were first put into place by the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938, and established the general standard that workers be paid time-and-a-half for any hours worked over 40 hours in a week.  In general, all hourly employees are guaranteed overtime, and salaried employees are presumed to have the same guarantee unless they both: (1) make more than a salary threshold set by the Department of Labor, and (2) pass a test demonstrating that they primarily perform executive, administrative, or professional duties.  A limited number of occupations are not eligible for overtime pay (including teachers, doctors, and lawyers) or are subject to special provisions.

Tomorrow’s rule takes into account input from 270,000 public comments and extensive outreach meetings with employers, business associations, small businesses, workers, worker advocates, non-profit organizations, educational institutions, and state and local government representatives.  It will:

·         Raise the salary threshold from $23,660 to $47,476 a year, or from $455 to $913 a week.  This doubles the current salary threshold while being responsive to public comments regarding regional variations in income by setting the salary threshold at the 40th percentile of full-time salaried workers in the lowest income Census region (currently the South).  Tying the salary threshold to the lowest-wage region of the country has strong historical precedent in previous rulemakings.

·         Raise Americans’ wages by an estimated $12 billion over the next 10 years, with an average increase of $1.2 billion annually.  At the same time, employers retain considerable flexibility in how they comply with the new rule, such as increasing salaries to at least the new threshold to keep positions that are primarily executive, administrative, or professional exempt from overtime pay; paying overtime for hours worked in excess of 40 in a week; or reducing overtime hours. 

·         Extend overtime protections to 4.2 million additional workers who are not currently eligible for overtime under federal law.  Others who may already be eligible for overtime will also benefit as the higher salary threshold will serve as a useful bright line test for workers—and their employers—to understand whether they are eligible for overtime.  The number of workers in each state who will benefit from the rule can be found HERE.

·         Update the salary threshold every three years.  The updates will ensure the threshold is maintained at the 40th percentile of full-time salaried workers in the lowest income region of the country.  Based on projections of wage growth, the threshold is expected to rise to more than $51,000 with the first update on January 1, 2020.

·         Raise the “highly compensated employee” threshold – from $100,000 to $134,004 – above which only a minimal showing is needed to demonstrate an employee is not eligible for overtime.  This upper threshold was designed to ease the burden on employers in identifying overtime eligible employees since it is more likely that workers earning above this high salary level perform the types of job duties that would exempt them from overtime requirements.

·         Respond to employers’ concerns by making no changes to the “duties test” and allowing bonuses and incentive payments to count toward up to 10 percent of the new salary level.  Workers earning more than the salary threshold are still subject to the duties test to determine eligibility for overtime.  In their comments to the proposed rule, employers argued that changing the duties test would be difficult and costly to implement, and the final rule leaves the existing duties test in place.  Additionally, for the first time, employers will be able to count bonuses and commissions toward as much as 10 percent of the salary threshold.

The Department of Labor will also release three technical guidance documents, designed to help private employers, non-profit employers, and institutions of higher education come into compliance with the new rule. 
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