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HONOLULU (AP) — The Honolulu Police Department said it would cancel special coronavirus enforcement units after allegations of overtime abuse from its officers.

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Work-life balance is a familiar phrase in the modern workplace. While it sometimes is more a theoretical goal than a practical reality, one city in Asia is taking steps to improve its chances. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Businesses across the country are preparing for a dramatic change in rules regarding overtime pay. Pacific Business News Editor in Chief A. Kam Napier has more on the impact in Hawaii.

In May this year, the U.S. Department of Labor issued a sweeping new rule regarding the issue of overtime for salaried employees. The biggest change is the pay threshold that determines whether a salaried professional employee qualifies for overtime pay, or is exempt from it. That threshold had been just under $24,000. Now it’s $47,476.

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Steve Snodgrass / Flickr

New federal rules about overtime pay go in effect this December. And that could mean big changes for many island businesses. Pacific Business News Editor in Chief A. Kam Napier has more.

On December 1st, the U.S. Department of Labor will raise the threshold for overtime pay from $23,660 to $47,476.  Most people associate overtime pay with hourly workers, not salaried employees, who earn a flat annual amount regardless of how many hours worked.  But this rule is aimed right at those salaried employees.