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Library leader: New overtime regulations sure to impact her staff

Karla Trout, executive director of the Adams County Library System, just began her job two weeks ago.

And making sure her library system, which has six branches and a $2.4 million operating budget, complies with the new federal overtime regulations by late this year “is sort of at the top of my list” of new duties, she said.

“As a member of a nonprofit organization, and as a public library, obviously our employees are not compensated at a high level, and we are concerned about the impact of this new salary cap on some of our employees,” Trout said Wednesday after attending a seminar, offered by a York legal firm to area business officials, to explain the new regulations.

Business leaders must comply by this coming Dec. 1 with the much-discussed new federal overtime regulations, which among other changes will double the salary level, from $23,660 to $47,476, under which employees working more than 40 hours a week must be paid overtime.

Overall, business are expected to adjust to the rules by having fewer employees or fewer full-time ones, by increasing the salaries of some just below the $47,476 level or by reclassifying those who are now salaried and putting them on an hourly basis.

“It will have a financial impact on us, for sure,” Trout said. “I don’t think we’ve established yet what we will do.

“Certainly it will depend on where the employee is, how close they are to the salary cap, and the potential (there is) for overtime hours for them to work.”

She nodded to Beth Cool, her library system’s financial administrator and human resources coordinator, seated next to her. With Cool’s cross-section of knowledge, Trout said she’s “going to let it be partly her headache as well,” and both women laughed.

They were among the 60-plus business leaders to attend the session, held by the York firm Stock and Leader at the Country Club of York.

For Trout, who came to the Adams County library post from Palmyra, her branch managers may be the employees most likely to be impacted.

“They may or may not meet the salary cap, and those are the people who are most likely to encounter overtime, if they hold a program or participate in something in the community and it pushes them over” the 40-hour limit for a week, she said.

“We have to look at that and see where they fall salary-wise and how much time are talking about, and then plan accordingly,” Trout added.

Restaurants, nonprofits and higher education figure to be among the areas most affected by the pending overtime changes.

David O'Connor
Dave O'Connor covers York County, manufacturing, higher education, nonprofits, and workforce development. Have a tip or question for him? Email him at [email protected].

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