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Center for Community Change Applauds Labor Department’s Proposal to Raise Salary Threshold to Determine Who Gets Overtime Pay

Jun 30, 2015 / Media Coverage
The Center for Community Change applauds the Labor Department’s proposal to increase the salary threshold used to determine overtime pay qualification. Increasing the salary threshold to $50,440 will impact more than 5 million workers and families. “Many working families are putting in longer hours, but are not seeing their extra work reflected in their wages because they are currently not eligible to receive overtime. Being able to receive overtime will greatly level the wage playing field that is greatly tipped in favor of the wealthy in our country,” said Deepak Bhargava, Executive...
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Paying More Workers Overtime Could Rebuild America's Middle Class

Jun 30, 2015 / Media Coverage
President Obama announced big changes to the nation’s overtime pay law to expand the number of people who will qualify for higher pay after working more than 40 hours a week. For decades, America’s workers have been putting in more hours for less money, but now the U.S. Department of Labor is taking an important step to fix that by proposing a regulation that could ensure overtime protection for at least 11 million more workers. On Tuesday, the Obama administration proposed new rules governing overtime pay that would boost paychecks for millions of deserving workers. The measure would more...
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AFSCME Pres. Lee Saunders’ Statement on President Obama’s Overtime Rule Change

Jun 30, 2015 / Media Coverage
Pres. Lee Saunders issued the following statement regarding the Obama administration’s proposed overtime rule change: “Americans are working harder than ever, but while corporate profits are skyrocketing, incomes are still flat-lining. So it is an encouraging sign that President Obama’s proposal to change an outdated overtime rule could give workers who make up to $50,440 a hard-earned raise. To lift incomes for all working Americans, we must also restore the traditional 40-hour work week that too many workers are now denied. But lifting the overtime threshold to protect more workers is an...
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A Fair Week's Work

Jun 28, 2015 / Media Coverage
The idea that workers should get time and a half pay for overtime — that is, a 50 percent boost in hourly pay for any hours they put in past 40 per week — has been embedded in U.S. law since the New Deal. Less easy to establish, though, have been the precise criteria to determine who’s eligible and who’s not. The country’s roughly 75 million hourly workers are automatically included. For the rest of the country’s employees, however — those who get salaries — eligibility for overtime has been defined two ways: in terms of total pay and in terms of job content. At present, salaried workers are...
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New Overtime Rules May Fatten Checks of More White-Collar Workers

Jun 25, 2015 / Media Coverage
Thousands of Dallas-area white-collar workers could see fatter paychecks or shorter workweeks from changes in overtime laws that President Barack Obama plans to announce. Those changes, promised 14 months ago, have already riled up business groups that warn of higher labor costs and reduced flexibility. Some low-level management jobs, they argue, simply require long hours. Unsurprisingly, labor unions and workers’ advocates are cheering the rules, which would update the 1938 overtime laws for the first time since 2004. But just how excited — or worried — they should be nobody knows, since the...
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National Retail Federation Report Suggests Huge Positive Impact for Labor Department Overtime Rules

Jun 16, 2015 / Media Coverage
The National Retail Federation (NRF), a lobbying organization for department store corporations, sporting goods and grocery chains, and other large retailers, is opposed to the Department of Labor’s update of the rules governing the right of salaried workers to overtime pay. The reasons the NRF gives are somewhat contradictory and are sometimes surprising. But they boil down to this: the retail lobby doesn’t think businesses should have to pay for the overtime hours most of their employees work. In March 2014, President Obama directed the Secretary of Labor to update the rules intended to...
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