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On May 18th, the Department of Labor (DOL) released its final regulations that will change overtime pay rules under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The final rules, which will be effective as of December 1st, increase the minimum salary level for "white collar" employees to qualify as exempt from overtime pay requirements. Compared to the current minimum salary level of $23,660, the final rules state that no employee who has a guaranteed salary of less than $47,476 will qualify as exempt under the executive, administrative, or professional exemptions. Nonetheless, DOL also announced that it would delay enforcement of the rules for providers of Medicaid-funded services to people with intellectual or developmental disabilities in residential homes and facilities with 15 or fewer beds through March 17, 2019. These changes will not impact hourly or other non-exempt workers, who are already eligible for overtime pay. DOL has confirmed that there is no general exemption from overtime requirements for nonprofit employers and has created a fact sheet to aid nonprofits in complying with the new overtime rules. If you were unable to make the webinar on the rules changes hosted by Independent Sector and DOL, please find a recording here. AJFCA will continue to monitor this issue and will provide further information on learning opportunities for agencies as we learn of them. For more information, please contact Liz Leibowitz, AJFCA's Director of Government Affairs.

About 1% of the world population has autism spectrum disorder (ASD), the fastest-growing developmental disability in the United States. Autism Awareness Month aims to "promote autism awareness and acceptance and to draw attention to the tens of thousands facing an autism diagnosis each year." On April 2nd, World Autism Awareness Day, communities in nearly 150 countries participated in the Autism Speaks Light it Up Blue Campaign

How is your agency working to build awareness in your community? Share your programs and events on the AJFCA Disabilities Service Professionals Facebook page. Learn more about Autism and about Autism Awareness Month.

AJFCA was saddened by the House Judiciary Committee's vote earlier this month to advance H.R. 4731, the Refugee Program Integrity Restoration Act, out of Committee. House Leadership must now decide whether or not to bring this bill, which AJFCA believes would have disastrous effects for U.S. Refugee Resettlement Program, to the House floor for a vote. It is vital that constituents who support refugee resettlement reach out to their House members, as well as House Leadership, and express opposition to this bill. Click here to read more about this bill and review talking points for those wishing to express their opposition to it.