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The overtime rule is the beginning of a much-needed cultural shift

Jun 1, 2016 / Media Coverage
A recent New York Times piece features some choice handwringing over the Labor Department’s new overtime rule, from executives in “prestigious” fields, like publishing, advertising, film and TV, and public relations. These are all fields where low-salaried junior employees are often encouraged or even expected to work well over 40 hours a week, and the executives quoted by the Times are worried that they will no longer be able to expect such long hours without paying overtime. * * * In order to ensure that low-paid employees are covered by the protections of the Fair Labor Standards Act’s...
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Nearly one-third of salaried workers will be guaranteed overtime under the new rule, but that falls short of the half covered in the mid-1970s

Jun 1, 2016 / Media Coverage
The Department of Labor’s new overtime rule significantly increases the number of salaried workers who qualify for time-and-a-half pay for any hours they work beyond 40 in a week. Far too many salaried workers were not covered by prevailing overtime protections: While nearly half of all salaried workers were covered by the overtime threshold in 1975, that share fell to just 10 percent of salaried workers in 2014. This is because the salary threshold of $23,660 per year—the salary beneath which salaried workers are generally eligible for overtime protections regardless of duties— had not kept...
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Obama’s New Overtime Rule May Be a Step Toward a Diverse Workforce

May 31, 2016 / Media Coverage
In mid-May, the Obama administration announced that it would double the salary that makes workers eligible for overtime pay from $23,700 to $47,476. This means that any worker who makes less than $47,000 will be eligible for time-and-a-half pay whenever they work more than 40 hours in a week. The decision, which is intended to give 4.2 million overworked Americans a chance at fairer pay in response to years of inflation, has already proved divisive among both conservatives and liberals. The most surprising backlash against the rule has come from left-wing business leaders who say their...
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Business groups hate Obama's new overtime-pay rule. Worker groups cheer it.

May 27, 2016 / Media Coverage
WASHINGTON – Business groups, their lawyers and Republicans hate President Barack Obama's new rule on overtime pay, released in part Tuesday night and being made official Wednesday. Employee-rights groups and Democrats, however, are embracing it already, saying that by requiring overtime pay for any manager making less than $47,476 a year, America's middle class will grow and the workplace will be a fairer place. The rule takes effect Dec. 1, and it doubles the current salary level at which workers who are labeled managers can be denied time-and-a-half pay when they work more than 40 hours a...
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Millions more workers will be eligible for overtime pay under new federal rule

May 27, 2016 / Media Coverage
Obama administration unveiled a new rule Wednesday that will make millions of middle-income workers eligible for overtime pay, a move that delivers a long-sought victory for labor groups. The regulations, which were last updated more than a decade ago, would let full-time salaried employees earn overtime if they make up to $47,476 a year, more than double the current threshold of $23,660 a year. The Labor Department estimates that the rule would boost the pay of 4.2 million additional workers. The change is scheduled to take effect Dec. 1. The move caps a long-running effort by the Obama...
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Behind the Myths: The Truth About Overtime - DOL Blog

May 26, 2016 / Media Coverage
Last week we announced the most meaningful update to the nation’s white-collar overtime rules in more than 40 years. By raising the salary threshold under which white-collar salaried workers qualify for overtime pay to $47,476 per year, more than 4.2 million workers will get overtime protections or see a raise in their salary above that threshold. It’s a fix that will make it easier for employers to determine which of their employees is due overtime pay. For workers affected by the rule, extra work will now mean extra pay. For both, it will create clarity and greater certainty about overtime...
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New overtime reality starts U.S. enterprises strategizing

May 20, 2016 / Media Coverage
Cynthia Figueroa is trying to figure out how to handle the new U.S. Department of Labor overtime regulations announced Wednesday that will take effect Dec. 1. Figueroa runs Congreso de Latinos Unidos, a North Philadelphia social-service agency. Under the new rules, enterprises will have to pay overtime to full-time workers who earn less than $47,476 - regardless of their responsibilities, regardless of whether they served as managers or as professionals, regardless of whether they were paid salaries, not hourly wages. "We have child-welfare workers who work with families," Figueroa said. "...
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Overtime-eligible rule adds millions

May 19, 2016 / Media Coverage
President Barack Obama's administration unveiled a new rule Wednesday that will make millions of middle-income workers eligible for overtime pay. The regulations, which were last updated more than a decade ago, would let full-time salaried employees earn overtime if they make up to $47,476 per year, more than double the current threshold of $23,660 per year. The Labor Department estimates that the rule would boost the pay of 4.2 million additional workers. The change is scheduled to take effect Dec. 1. Vice President Joe Biden formally announced the rule Wednesday in Ohio after discussing the...
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Make Less Than $48,000? You’re About To Be Eligible For Overtime Pay

May 19, 2016 / Media Coverage
Back when I was an executive editor working 12-hour days, I’d do this ugly sort of laugh-cry whenever my pay stub arrived. Sure, I had a fancy title, but after taking my total hours into account, I routinely earned less than minimum wage. Over and over, I found myself caught in a pathetic internal debate: Do I ask for more money, potentially souring my relationship with my employer? Do I suck it up, work the overtime hours demanded of me, and assume I’ll be “rewarded” with a bonus down the road? Or do I set boundaries and stick to working the eight-hour days that countless laborers before me...
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Murray: New Overtime Protections will Boost Wages, Expand Economic Security for Millions

May 19, 2016 / Press Release
(Washington, D.C.) – Today, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, delivered remarks on the Senate floor praising the Department of Labor’s final overtime rule. The new rule raises the salary threshold to $47,476, expanding overtime eligibility to 4.2 million workers and boosting wages for workers by $12 billion over the next 10 years. Murray has been a leading voice in Congress encouraging the Obama Administration to update overtime protections. Key excerpts from Senator Murray’s remarks: “Today, just 7 percent of...
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