Could new overtime rules impact recreational therapy?

I read an article by Daniel Tyson in The Register-Herald (Beckley, West Virginia) newspaper on Monday, October 17, 2016 about “New OT rules coming Dec 1.”

Overtime (OT) consists of working beyond 40 hours a week. The law requires (hourly) employee to be paid time and half (of pay) for each hour.

It appears that salaried employees (making less than $47,476 a year) could become eligible for overtime pay as well. According to the U.S. Dept. of Labor in their Occupational Outlook Handbook, the 2016 Median Pay for Recreational Therapists was: $45,890 per year/ $22.06 per hour

I’m not sure if the majority of recreational therapists are paid by salary or hourly.

The article written by Tyson only discusses that this could start on December 1st, and he outlined that there are those who oppose this from happening and delay it.

Danny Pettry:

Cost for health care in the United States is expensive and often rising.

There is a growing need for services that have measurable outcomes.

Recreational therapists can’t just provide “activities” for the sake of activities.

WE as a profession, must demonstrate that the therapeutic outcomes of our services.