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

That’s what a survey conducted by NavexGlobal, an ethics and compliance consulting firm based inOswego, Oregon, found when it polled employer representatives abouttheir training plans. Of all the major training topic categories —discrimination, bullying, harassment, Americans with DisabilitiesAct — the new wage and hour rules came in dead last inimportance.

As reported by the Society for Human ResourceManagement, the new wage and hour rules that kick inon Dec. 1 will raise the cap on who gets overtime pay, and couldshift as many as 4.2 million employees from exempt to nonexemptstatus.

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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.