President Obama issued a directive on March 13, 2014, to the U.S. Secretary of Labor to propose changes that would “modernize and streamline” the federal overtime rules. The intent is to shrink the “white collar” exemptions so more workers are eligible for overtime. This change will not happen overnight; the Department of Labor (DOL) will first need to review the existing regulations, develop proposals, write explanations, gather public comments, and evaluate the input received to move forward. Vigilant will keep members updated and submit comments once a proposal is published. For information on the current federal overtime exemptions, see our Legal Guide, “When Is an Employee Exempt Under Federal Law?” (1052).