Travis Norton, Advocacy Manager for the Chamber led off the meeting with a brief update on the Department of Labor’s overtime regulation. The Chamber has been monitoring the proposed changes by the Secretary of Labor since June of 2015, but due to recent legislation that would require the Secretary of Labor to conduct an economic analysis before implementing the changes to the overtime regulation. The DOL has proposed raising the salary threshold for the overtime exemption from $455 a week ($23,600 annually) to $970 a week ($50,440 annually). This is a concern for many of our members who offer flexible schedules for their managerial level employees and/or have several managers managing the day-to-day operations of their business. The changes would have the most impact on non-profits and small businesses that can’t easily increase revenue to cover the cost of additional staff members or salary increases for exempt employees. The Chamber launched a Q&A page for members to learn more about the changes. The St. Petersburg Chamber also is gathering support for a joint letter from Tampa Bay Chambers to send to Rep. Kathy Castor and Sen. Bill Nelson, urging them to co-sponsor the 'Protecting Workplace Advancement and Opportunity Act'.