A proposal to clarify when such employee benefits as tuition reimbursements, reimbursed travel expenses, and unused paid leave may be excluded from overtime pay calculations was released March 28 by the Labor Department.

The regular rate refers to the typical rate of pay that is multiplied by 1.5 to calculate the overtime premium for hours worked beyond 40 in a week under the Fair Labor Standards Act. The proposal comes as the DOL also is moving to expand the number of workers automatically eligible for overtime pay. Changing the definition of the regular rate of pay has been one of...