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Rep. Mark Takano: What Jeb Bush Doesn’t Get

Jul 15, 2015 / Media Coverage
Last week, former Florida Governor and current Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush said that in order to grow the economy, people “need to work more hours.” While I know times weren’t exactly tough for Jeb Bush growing up in one of the richest families in our nation, the regular Americans struggling just to get by and working 40, 50, or even 60 hours a week know they just don’t have any more hours to give. Jeb Bush doesn’t get it. Productivity is at an all-time high, while wages have remained relatively flat. In order to grow the economy, we need a system that helps workers and lets...
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New Rules Could Create A New Class of Overtime Workers (audio)

Jul 6, 2015 / Media Coverage
As President Obama promised, a new rule would make 5 million more Americans eligible for overtime pay. Many workers say it's a welcome change. But businesses say employees could see negative, unintended consequences. Barrett Zenger has managed a music store in Corpus Christi, Texas, for the past seven years, where he oversees two dozen employees, stocks inventory and fills in for sales clerks who call in sick. He averages 62 hours of work a week, but because he's a salaried manager, he isn't paid for any extra hours worked. "As of right now, there is a zero tolerance for overtime. I've been...
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Obama Proposes to Expand Overtime for Almost 5 Million Workers

Jul 1, 2015 / Media Coverage
The long-awaited overtime rule from the Labor Department would more than double the threshold at which employers can avoid paying overtime, to $970 a week by next year They're called managers, and they sometimes work grueling schedules at fast food chains and retail stores. But with no overtime eligibility, their pay may be lower per hour than many workers they supervise. With those employees in mind, the Obama administration is proposing making up to 5 million more people eligible for overtime — its latest effort to boost pay for lower-income workers. These workers would benefit from rules...
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Labor Department Unveils Massive Overtime Expansion Plan

Jul 1, 2015 / Media Coverage
The U.S. Department of Labor unveiled a proposed rule Tuesday that would broaden federal overtime pay regulations to cover nearly 5 million more people and raise the minimum salary threshold required to qualify for the Fair Labor Standards Act's “white collar” exemption to $50,440 per year. President Obama signs a memorandum directing the Labor Department to "modernize and streamline" FLSA overtime regulations on March 13, 2014. (Credit: White House) The highly anticipated proposal stems from a memorandum President Barack Obama issued in March 2014 that directed Labor Secretary Thomas Perez...
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Boosting Overtime: Obama Calls for Broader Coverage

Jun 30, 2015 / Media Coverage
They're called managers, and they sometimes work grueling schedules at fast food chains and retail stores. But with no overtime eligibility, their pay may be lower per hour than many workers they supervise. With those employees in mind, the Obama administration is proposing making up to 5 million more people eligible for overtime - its latest effort to boost pay for lower-income workers. These workers would benefit from rules requiring businesses to pay eligible employees 1½ times their regular pay for any work beyond 40 hours a week. "We've got to keep making sure hard work is rewarded,"...
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AFL-CIO: President Richard Trumka Applauds Overtime Expansion Proposal

Jun 30, 2015 / Media Coverage
Statement by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on the Department of Labor proposal to expand overtime protections: Millions of America’s workers are one step closer to earning the overtime pay they rightfully deserve but have been systematically denied. Working people called on President Obama to go bold, and his response will provide a much needed boost to our entire economy. This is a critically important step forward for the Raising Wages Agenda, but it is just that -- a first step. The labor movement is committed to ensuring workers’ voices are heard, ensuring that this proposal is...
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AFT’s Weingarten on Change to Overtime Rule

Jun 30, 2015 / Media Coverage
WASHINGTON—The American Federation of Teachers welcomes the Department of Labor’s long-overdue proposal to change the overtime rule to include millions more American workers. Overtime pay is a basic workplace right that should be afforded to all employees. By raising the threshold beyond the current cutoff of $455 a week, millions of Americans will once again have their time above and beyond their regular work hours recognized. At the same time, the new rule provides a disincentive to squeezing current employees to work more or to work inhospitable hours. AFT President Randi Weingarten said...
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Outten & Golden LLP: Federal Overtime Update Will Help Millions of Workers

Jun 30, 2015 / Press Release
NEW YORK, June 30, 2015 /PRNewswire -- The federal government’s revision of overtime regulations will benefit millions of workers and make overtime protections easier to enforce, attorneys at the national employee rights law firm Outten & Golden LLP said today. The U.S. Department of Labor is amending the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) “white collar” exemptions, which exclude certain “executive, administrative and professional” employees from overtime protections. The Obama administration announced Monday night that the new FLSA overtime regulations will raise the salary threshold to...
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USW Lauds Overtime Expansion Proposal

Jun 30, 2015 / Media Coverage
United Steelworkers (USW) International President Leo W. Gerard issued the following statement today on the Department of Labor proposal to expand overtime protection. “The Obama administration has proposed a win for workers and a win for the economy by raising the threshold under which overtime must be paid. “The administration announced this morning that it intends to increase to $50,440 the salary under which employers must pay time and a half to workers laboring more than 40 hours a week. This overtime rule change is long overdue. The threshold has been raised only once since the 1970s. “...
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