The U.S. Department of Labor overtime rules will be implemented before the end of 2016, but many companies don't believe employees need training on what this change will mean for them, their pay or employment status. (Photo: iStock)

With a new federal overtime law just months from going into effect, companies apparently don’t feel the need to train their staff about its ramifications — despite the fact that it will affect more than 4 million workers’ employment status.

That’s what a survey conducted by Navex Global, an ethics and compliance consulting firm based in Oswego, Oregon, found when it polled employer representatives about their training plans. Of all the major training topic categories — discrimination, bullying, harassment, Americans with Disabilities Act — the new wage and hour rules came in dead last in importance.

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Dan Cook

Dan Cook is a journalist and communications consultant based in Portland, OR. During his journalism career he has been a reporter and editor for a variety of media companies, including American Lawyer Media, BusinessWeek, Newhouse Newspapers, Knight-Ridder, Time Inc., and Reuters. He specializes in health care and insurance related coverage for BenefitsPRO.

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