Don't lose your summer. Figure out how to hone the DOL overtime rule to get employees the vacation and other benefits they've earned. (Photo: iStock)

Community pools and beaches are popular spots to beat the summer heat. Depending on where you live, there are only a few months to take advantage of these destinations before the harsh cold reality of winter sets in.

Similarly, the recent passing of new overtime rules by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) allows employers only a few months to review their current staffing models, and re-classify non-exempt and exempt workers, as needed. Under the new rules, employees who meet the standard duties test and salary basis test, and earn more than $47,476 annually, are exempt from overtime pay (the former threshold was $23,660). 

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