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July 30, 2014

Obama Exerts Executive Authority to Lift Workers’ Pay

New York Times: “President Obama this week will seek to force American businesses to pay more overtime to millions of workers.”

“On Thursday, the president will direct the Labor Department to revamp its regulations to require overtime pay for several million additional fast-food managers, loan officers, computer technicians and others whom many businesses currently classify as ‘executive or professional’ employees to avoid paying them overtime.”

“Mr. Obama’s authority to act comes from his ability as president to revise the rules that carry out the Fair Labor Standards Act, which Congress originally passed in 1938.”

“Under the new rules that Mr. Obama is seeking, fewer salaried employees could be blocked from receiving overtime, a move that would potentially shift billions of dollars’ worth of corporate income into the pockets of workers. Currently, employers are prohibited from denying time-and-a-half overtime pay to any salaried worker who makes less than $455 per week. Mr. Obama’s directive would significantly increase that salary level.”

“In addition, Mr. Obama will try to change rules that allow employers to define which workers are exempt from receiving overtime based on the kind of work they perform.”

  • rr_nyc

    I can see lots of folks on salary doing good hours going hourly and having those hours capped (for less pay).

    Good luck with that Barry. Then you wonder why national income is down $7,000 per HH since he came to office and welfare spending is sky rocketing.

    Anyway. Stupid is as stupid does. You would have thought the healthcare debacle and millions losing hours and coverage would have taught them something about micro-managing labor relations.

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