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Local employers poised for changes to overtime rules

Allete will be 'fully compliant' "Employees are Allete's most valued resource and reason for success. Providing a competitive compensation package delivers value to our workforce, helps attract and retain high-quality talent, and aligns with over...

Allete will be ‘fully compliant’
“Employees are Allete’s most valued resource and reason for success. Providing a competitive compensation package delivers value to our workforce, helps attract and retain high-quality talent, and aligns with overall company strategy. We continually review regulations, trends, and best practices in employment law. Our analysis of the proposed change (to overtime laws) will impact fewer than 20 positions at Allete, and we’ll ensure that our company is fully compliant with any approved new policy changes.”
Nicole Johnson, human resources director of compensation and benefits for Allete/Minnesota Power, in a statement to the News Tribune Opinion page in response to a request for comment

Compensation regularly reviewed
“Essentia Health anticipated the proposed changes. We review our compensation levels on a regular basis, not only to comply with applicable regulations but also to ensure a competitive wage package to attract and retain the highest-qualified people.”
Diane Davidson, chief human resources officer, Essentia Health, in a statement to the News Tribune Opinion page in response to a request for comment

National issue sparking little local concern
“President Obama’s initiatives regarding new overtime regulations are well beyond our Duluth Area Chamber’s influence. As a result, they are clearly beyond our control. Consequently, I will leave this issue to the U.S. Chamber to have a voice within. I trust the Minnesota Chamber will also make its voice heard regarding President Obama’s initiatives, if the Minnesota Chamber’s leadership believes it can influence the results.
“I have not heard from any of (the Duluth Area Chamber of Commerce’s) 1,100 members related to this issue. I am inferring that this lack of expressed concern is an illustration that our members understand this is a federal and national issue.”
David Ross, president and CEO of the Duluth Area Chamber of Commerce, in a statement to the News Tribune Opinion page in response to a request for comment

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