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President Barack Obama is taking advantage of another way to make life better for millions of workers by revamping overtime regulations, Michael Shear and Steven Greenhouse report. This is something the president can do without Congress, through the Department of Labor's responsibility for setting the rules carrying out the Fair Labor Standards Act.
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. Under current rules, if an employer declares that an employee’s primary responsibility is executive, such as overseeing a cleanup crew, then that worker can be exempted from overtime.

White House officials said those rules were sometimes abused by employers in an attempt to avoid paying overtime. The new rules could require that employees perform a minimum percentage of “executive” work before they can be exempted from qualifying for overtime pay.

The Economic Policy Institute's Ross Eisenbrey points out that the current level of $455 a week or $23,660 a year is "only $2 a week above the poverty level for a family of four."

Naturally, the Cato Institute and U.S. Chamber of Commerce are already up in arms about the proposal to extend overtime pay to more workers. They'll have trouble claiming it's a horrific abuse of presidential power, though, since the last president to raise the threshold was George W. Bush, in 2004. Since, at the same time he raised that threshold, Bush also changed the rules to strip overtime protection from many workers, though, the right's response was a different story. Because Obama is looking to increase the number of workers eligible for overtime pay, we can expect a big fight and a lot of shrieking from the usual suspects (low-wage industries, that is). But American voters will once again have the chance to see who's on their side and who's fighting to keep their paychecks small.

Originally posted to Daily Kos Labor on Wed Mar 12, 2014 at 07:09 AM PDT.

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  •  also, too (23+ / 0-)

    the labor board has come out with new standards for home care workers, a much-abused field.

    http://www.aflcio.org/...

    Now, for the first time since 1975, most of these workers will have the wage and overtime protection of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) under a new rule issued today by the Obama administration’s Department of Labor.
    and this diary is but one glaring example that puts the lie to the nonsense about both parties being just the same.  

    Please don't dominate the rap, Jack, if you got nothin' new to say - Grateful Dead

    by Cedwyn on Wed Mar 12, 2014 at 07:18:28 AM PDT

    •  I could take that bait (3+ / 0-)

      We will spend $120 billion on the Afghanistan war this year and also an unknown amount on a huge drone war in an undeclared war zone involving at least 4 countries.

      In our screaming employment catastrophe the President spends the money on blood, he doesn't care and neither does the leadership in Congress. It's profoundly sick and unsettling.

      I suppose a lot of Democrats get used to it.  I never, ever will. Yes the parties are so very fucking different, but when our children starve for lunch money and lives are crushed for no work the Republicans and Democrats whistle on to war, baby, blow up that wedding, that'll work.

      I have been here from the very very beginning, I have seen these pie fights and flame wars for a long, long time. Seen so many come and go.  At this hour I will say this: something is profoundly wrong with the direction of the country and its cruelty. I am not used to the cruelty, it was not here when I was a boy, and it's getting worse.

      Until we become UN-like Republicans when it comes to war and blood expect the pie fights and flame wars. It will never work for the Party, country or this site, never.  We cannot be like the Republicans and bomb and kill and maim and kill some more.  We cannot.

      Yes, I could take that bait and run with it by essay. Right now I need to comment, no more, and it's nothing personal in the least, Cedwyn, a time and place kind of thing.

      [sigh] Peace be with us all.

      •  Yes, because with the killing off of the U.S. (3+ / 0-)

        unions, it appears there is another way to achieve traditional union goals.  

        I dream that Obama could use his Presidential authority to reclaim some basics:

        1.  Raise minimum wage and chain it to the inflation

        2.  Enforce 40 hour work week (which is what this overtime measure is effectively going to do)

        3.  Mandatory 2 week time off for vacation and/or family leave.  After all most civilized countries provide 4 weeks!

        4.  Maternity leave paid for by the government, because infant child care is the best investment in the future we can provide

        And what else?

        Separation of Church and State AND Corporation

        by Einsteinia on Wed Mar 12, 2014 at 08:41:32 AM PDT

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      •  You know (2+ / 0-)
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        newliberl, TexasTom

        in theory I agree with you.

        But in reality I don't think what you want will work very well.

        I am not a lover of war, or one of those that thinks the U.S. should go around be the world's top cop.  But the world is full of leaders and groups, and lone people who are extreme in their quest for power, conformity and chaos.  We can ignore this fact at our peril.

        I wish we could go back in time and undo the whole war in Iraq and all the fallout it created.  But we can't.  We have to deal with it.  Whether or not drones or boots on the ground or both is the best way to deal with...hell if I know. But I do think that just shrugging and walking away from that region would be a mistake.  

        Less killing is always better, but I think the option of no killing left the building a long time ago.

        •  Less Killing (0+ / 0-)

          Less killing is usually better, but letting them kill each other while we send MREs and water to the refugees is also an option.

          William Hamilton practices Law and is a writer and community activist in the Charleston, SC area. He can reached through www.wjhamilton.com

          by wjhamilton29464 on Wed Mar 12, 2014 at 11:25:53 AM PDT

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          •  I would love to agree with you (0+ / 0-)

            to just let them alone to their own squabbles.  But the thing is the world is different now.  The world is too interconnected and their "issues" will become our "issues" whether we like it or not.

            Regional squabbles don't stay contained anymore.  The bleed into other places.  Other people meddle for their own reasons.  The squabblers seek allies.  And then we have what we have now, a mess that seems uncleanable.

      •  I'm glad (4+ / 0-)

        I'm glad that you are doing so well that you can turn your nose up at expanded overtime pay and act like it's nothing.  Just like those privileged people who have secure health insurance who can afford to sneer at the ACA because it's not single payer.

        I guarantee you that most of the people who are actually struggling and could use the overtime money feel much differently.  

        He who would refuse half a loaf has never been hungry.

        I am a Democrat BECAUSE I am a progressive.

        by darboy on Wed Mar 12, 2014 at 10:57:16 AM PDT

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      •  Your comment seems off-topic for this diary (0+ / 0-)

        nt

      •  It's hard to walk in anothers shoes when yours fit (0+ / 0-)

        so nicely.

        The greatest humanitarian President to serve, FDR after much reflection offered monetary and machine support to Great Britian against Hitlers advance and Genocide during the Holocaust.

         Memories of Frustration mounted as we sat by after stories of Sudam gassed the Kurds or burnt the oil fields in kuwait or the Serbs Blasting the Croatians w/ethnic cleansing.

        Millions of innocent's die defenseless in South Sudan and Africans have been hacked and mutilated including women and children and the list goes on and on even south of our border w/drug cartels and guns legally purchased here.

        Unfortunately, sometimes Peace we enjoy costs something, and that something is often carried in an unmanned aircraft or a Drone for the best ROI and least Loss of human life.

        When madmen drive jumbo jets laden w/jet fuel and families into skyscrapers loaded w/the living of many countries someone needs to be held accountable.

        Drone Osama bin attackin.

        Desperate times require desperate measures and please don't respond w/justification for any of these examples because of something someone did bringing it on themselves. Two wrongs do not make right but looking the other way simply does not make evil go away and desist.

        Only when the lion lays down w/the lamb will evil men and their intentions of greed and power submit to peace for all.

        Peace thru strength, diplomacy, sanctions, arms reduction                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               lest we all resemble Hiroshima or Nagasaki.
           

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        by Jon Sullivan on Fri Mar 14, 2014 at 03:00:01 AM PDT

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  •  Every step (17+ / 0-)

    in the right direction is a win. Now if we can just get that living wage.

  •  The Obama Administration might be on top (14+ / 0-)

    of this already, but one illegality that corporations have been getting away with for decades is classifying employees (usually white-collar, office workers) as exempt even though they meet the existing definition of non-exempt.

    Whether working in a law firm, financial institution, insurance company, or software company, the rules were such that if a worker does not control the size of his or her own workload, then they were due overtime for time worked over 40 hours.

    In such cases, no change to the law (i.e., Fair Labor Standards Act) is needed; It just needs to be enforced.

    Class action suits to collect overtime for white-collar workers is on the rise, but workers should know that they can report employer behavior to, I think, the U.S. Department of Labor to get a fair hearing.

    •  It's so common now that I don't think standard (4+ / 0-)

      enforcement will work. I think they need to revise the rules so it is clearer what constitutes hourly vs. salary.

      President Obama at Madison Rally 9/28/2010 - "Change is not a spectator sport."

      by askew on Wed Mar 12, 2014 at 08:50:03 AM PDT

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    •  I did not know this (1+ / 0-)
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      Can you provide any links on some reading material? I'd like to find out more

      •  Uh oh! (2+ / 0-)
        Recommended by:
        ModerateJosh, Certifiable Genius

        It looks like the information in my comment is outdated. I actually spoke to a lawyer about this in detail around 2000--one who wanted me to be a named plaintiff in a class action case. He emphasized the control over workload test and provided plenty of reading material to support this approach.

        However, when attempting to respond to this request for links, I can't find anything to support my comment. I apologize.

        The DOL has sought to clarify the rules since then, and it appears that they have done so in a way that the workload test that was previously emphasized no longer appears to exist.

        Here is a link with with more current information. Whether an employee is paid a salary is one of the criteria that the DOL looks at to determine if an employee is exempt.

    •  You can report, often times within your state laws (0+ / 0-)

      but you have to defend yourself in front of your boss who's currently employing you. If you fudge your defense it's on your head. Guess how long you'll be working there either way?

  •  I'll Be Over At The Business Sites (5+ / 0-)

    Mixing it up with the wannabe oligarchs. Actually, I'll be trolling because that's what I do best.

    And as the song and dance begins, the children play at home with needles, needles and pins.

    by The Lone Apple on Wed Mar 12, 2014 at 07:57:09 AM PDT

  •  Cue the right-wing outrage machine (6+ / 0-)

    three...two...one....

    Their agony at such things is like a symphony to the forces of what's good and right!

    The modern conservative is engaged in one of man's oldest exercises in moral philosophy; that is, the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness. -- John Kenneth Galbraith

    by Kangaroo on Wed Mar 12, 2014 at 08:00:44 AM PDT

  •  Important story. (7+ / 0-)

    Glad you front paged it.  This will help millions.

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    by TomP on Wed Mar 12, 2014 at 08:03:15 AM PDT

  •  Oh, but Obama is just a Republican, and blah blah (11+ / 0-)

    ... just wish that more people over on the left side of the aisle could see the good that this administration has done.

  •  OT is a croc (7+ / 0-)

    A long time ago I was made salary. My job did not change one bit, just one day they said we are moving you to salary. I lost money in the deal bc I work OT when needed.
    What I did not know at that time was that 6 months later the company REQUIRED all salary designated employee's to work 45 hours a week. Yes, I said required us to work the extra hours.

    This salary designation is just another way to rip off workers. They convert you to a salary status and don't pay you overtime, but if you don't work your full 40 (or 45) hours you must use vacation or sick time.
    That to me does not seem like a true salary position and proves that its just a con to rip us off.
    Executive staff my ass!

  •  Any word on what the new floor will be? (5+ / 0-)

    I'm sure there are DoL experts here, but I see this executive order as a huge deal positively benefiting millions?

    KOS: "Mocking partisans focusing on elections? Even less reason to be on Daily Kos."

    by fcvaguy on Wed Mar 12, 2014 at 08:06:16 AM PDT

  •  So he signed Lily Ledbetter, (15+ / 0-)

    raised Federal workers' and contractors' floor pay, is pushing for $10.10, now expanding Overtime protection....tell me again how Obama and the Dems have done NOTHING to help America's workers.....

    If I ran this circus, things would be DIFFERENT!

    by CwV on Wed Mar 12, 2014 at 08:06:54 AM PDT

  •  sad commentary (5+ / 0-)

    When the country was better, unions would be forcing this issue--both with employers and with political muscle.  There are many threats to Americans, but the loss of union power is the biggest economic cloud.

    Actions speak louder than petitions.

    by melvynny on Wed Mar 12, 2014 at 08:10:52 AM PDT

  •  Hope to see this come to fruition (0+ / 0-)

    woot!

    Growth for the sake of growth is the ideology of the cancer cell. --Edward Abbey

    by greenbastard on Wed Mar 12, 2014 at 08:14:58 AM PDT

  •  The republicans have figured out (1+ / 0-)
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    Certifiable Genius

    that raising the minimum wage will put more money into the economy. They don't want that, they'd rather keep all the money for themselves and their rich contributors.

    "Onward through the fog!" - Oat Willie

    by rocksout on Wed Mar 12, 2014 at 08:19:54 AM PDT

  •  Suggestion for the new exemption level (3+ / 0-)

    Only people in the top 1% of incomes can be exempt employees.  And that figure is calculated from tax returns each year, which indexes it to rises in income at the top.

    50 states, 210 media market, 435 Congressional Districts, 3080 counties, 192,480 precincts

    by TarheelDem on Wed Mar 12, 2014 at 08:27:12 AM PDT

    •  I would even (0+ / 0-)

      expand that to individuals in the top 5% maybe even 10%

      •  I was going (2+ / 0-)
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        simple serf, Certifiable Genius

        ...for people getting a clear idea of who is in the 99%.

        If you qualify for overtime compensation under this standard, you are in the 99%.

        The overtime laws are designed to move the distribution of wages down to the people who are actually working the hardest and away from those who are being overcompensated.   It also has the stimulative effect of increasing consumer demand and employment.  The broader those effects right now the better the economy becomes.  And that increases tax revenue and reduces the number of people requiring counter-cyclical entitlements like unemployment insurance benefits and food stamps.

        If it can be done without Republicans, all the better for the midterms.

        50 states, 210 media market, 435 Congressional Districts, 3080 counties, 192,480 precincts

        by TarheelDem on Wed Mar 12, 2014 at 09:20:16 AM PDT

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    •  Won't happen... (1+ / 0-)
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      Certifiable Genius

      ...even though it is a good idea.

      Ideally, I'd take it even further, so that the only people exempt from OT would be those at CEO, President, VP levels of companies.

      Unfortunately, expanding OT rules to cover the 99% (or even the 90%) would be incredibly controversial and would get quickly bogged down.  Sadly, many of the people who would oppose it are professionals who routinely work 60 hour weeks without OT compensation and who would benefit greatly by such a change -- but who don't want to be put in the same category as "manual laborers".

      Political Compass: -6.75, -3.08

      by TexasTom on Wed Mar 12, 2014 at 11:12:17 AM PDT

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      •  Some professionals... (1+ / 0-)
        Recommended by:
        ModerateJosh

        ...actually enjoy their work and prefer the creative flexibility achieved with not "punching a time clock". In some cases they would do some of the work as a hobby.

        In the environments I work, opposition to being classified as non-exempt rarely arises from not wanting to be "put in the same category as manual laborers".

        Professionals around me almost universally prefer to be evaluated and rewarded individually by what they do (esp. if it's insightful, creative, or clever) rather than by arbitrary measures such as how many hours they work, how long they have been on the job, how many years of experience they have, or how many degrees/certifications they have (these are some of the same reasons that traditional unions have been spectacularly unsuccessful at penetrating professional fields).

      •  Some of us just prefer the flexibility (1+ / 0-)
        Recommended by:
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        that being salaried/exempt can bring. For example, if I need to take off for a couple of hours for a doctor appointment, I just tell my boss that I'm leaving and go.

        On the flip side, if I'm up late doing a server upgrade that has to happen outside of production hours, I don't have to worry about documenting the time I was working on it. Shoot, I don't even have to be primarily focused on it- stop services, check DK, launch installer, check FB, complete installation and reboot the server, read the news for 20 minutes, etc.

        I end up working more extra hours than I take out, but it makes work a more pleasant environment.

    •  Some salaried employees... (1+ / 0-)
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      Certifiable Genius

      ...such as myself would vigorously oppose such a proposal. (And, no, I'm not in the "1%").

      There are jobs that you can't just "turn on/turn off" at the beginning/end of shift and resume with enthusiasm the next shift.

      I'm in a STEM field and some days I work 15 (and occasionally more) hours. At least half the time I do so I'm working on something that interests me and I think (usually correctly) benefits the business. However, no one told me to perform the task (at least with the thoroughness I'm performing it) and no one would pay me explicitly to do it without a full PHB style justification which would just require unproductive and uninteresting administrative work on my part (which I probably wouldn't do - the result being the useful task wouldn't get done and I also wouldn't enjoy my work nearly as much).

      If I'm actively working on one of these interesting projects, "leaving work" at an arbitrary time really isn't possible as my mind will continue to work on the task and I'll wake up in the middle of the night (assuming I could get to sleep) and be unable to get back to sleep as I think about the problem and how to solve/find/resolve the next aspect of it.

      My job boundaries are very fuzzy and periodically (typically annually) my management takes a formal look at what I've done during the prior period. They then give me a raise and bonus commensurate with their evaluation of the net effect of what I've done. Going to an hourly/over time basis would make my job very uninteresting and I'd probably not do it.

      [Full disclosure: some days, albeit rarely, I accomplish nothing useful and probably don't even do eight hours of "work" - maybe not even eight hours of "face time". I also would not want to be "docked" for those days/hours.]

  •  This should have bben done years ago (6+ / 0-)

    Employers find working existing employees 60 hours a week cheaper than hiringenough employees.  This will probably increase employment.

  •  This is not the time for rules that encourage (3+ / 0-)

    employers to overwork their employees in order to avoid hiring more.  One intended result of overtime is to reduce that tendency. Fewer hours per worker but more workers.

    LG: You know what? You got spunk. MR: Well, Yes... LG: I hate spunk!

    by dinotrac on Wed Mar 12, 2014 at 08:29:26 AM PDT

    •  Companies are already doing that and have been (1+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      Certifiable Genius

      doing that throughout the great recession. This rule change will let some of the people who have been taken advantage of during this time period actually get the overtime they deserve.

      Next, they need to make a better definition of who is salaried and who is hourly. There is no reason that 90% of a large companies employees are salaried. There are administrative assistants, data entry clerks, etc. who are salaried and expected to work 60+ hours per week at meager salaries. That shouldn't be allowed.

      President Obama at Madison Rally 9/28/2010 - "Change is not a spectator sport."

      by askew on Wed Mar 12, 2014 at 08:53:54 AM PDT

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      •  Companies are already hiring workers and reducing (1+ / 0-)
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        Certifiable Genius

        hours?

        That sounds good.  The rule change should encourage more companies to do the same.

        The exempt classification is heavily abused, but I haven't heard of anybody trying to make data entry clerks exampt.

        Salaried and exempt are not necessarily the same thing, though they tend to be.

        LG: You know what? You got spunk. MR: Well, Yes... LG: I hate spunk!

        by dinotrac on Wed Mar 12, 2014 at 09:27:30 AM PDT

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    •  I work in I.T. (3+ / 0-)

      I see this a lot.  People working long weekdays and on weekends with the absurd mindset that it's "part of the job" when you're an I.T. professional.  If you calculate their actual hourly income, it's far lower than their salaries would indicate.  I'm sure they would love OT pay.

      I've managed to steadfastly refuse to be drawn into that mentality, and I've been a "computer guy" for 24+ years, two-thirds of which have been working for my current employer.  I guess I'm just lucky.

      Some of our groups are actually paid extra to be on call, which is apparently unheard of in a lot of shops these days.

      •  I do, too. Have for years. (1+ / 0-)
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        Certifiable Genius

        Last worked a regular job in 1999 and have been hourly since then.  You get treated a lot better when  they have to pay you by the hour.

        I don't get overtime working the way I do, but the base rate compensates for that.

        LG: You know what? You got spunk. MR: Well, Yes... LG: I hate spunk!

        by dinotrac on Wed Mar 12, 2014 at 11:39:32 AM PDT

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  •  Seriously who wants to work more? People (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Certifiable Genius

    need a decent living wage, not more work.

  •  What about teachers who are salaried and yet (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    JDPITALIA, Certifiable Genius

    are basically required to go home and spend at least one weekend day (at a bare minimum)  grading and doing lesson plans.  Most teachers also work nightly for "free" doing any number of required things whether it is calling parents, filling out another useless form for another useless whatever that likely won't be around the next year when admin finally figures out it's useless or attending open house, meetings, "growth panels", training peers..........

    •  public school teachers are a special category (1+ / 0-)
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      newliberl

      No one else gets paid all year, but has the summer break off.


      "I like paying taxes...with them, I buy Civilization"

      by Angie in WA State on Wed Mar 12, 2014 at 09:30:33 AM PDT

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      •  Summers off??? Oh wow! I didn't even know that!! (1+ / 0-)
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        Certifiable Genius

        Here I was working every summer but really  I was "off".  Damn, how stupid of me!!

        I should have told admin I was "off" during all the CPE hours I was required to get or all the conferences I was required to attend on my own dime, or all the staff development meetings (hours, days and weeks of them) or during all the peer plannings, or all the days of moving my classroom from hall to hall or grade to grade or during the college courses (again on my own dime)....blah, blah, blah.  How dumb of me!

        I was supposed to be on a beach somewhere, huh?  Collecting my checks instead of working, right, because I was "off"?  

        Haha

      •  Teachers do not get paid all year... (2+ / 0-)
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        Bailey2001, Certifiable Genius

        ...they get paid for nine months.  Most districts do offer the choice to teachers of spreading those nine months of pay across the entire year, but that doesn't mean that they're being paid year round.

        Political Compass: -6.75, -3.08

        by TexasTom on Wed Mar 12, 2014 at 11:14:41 AM PDT

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    •  I doubt much will change for most teachers (1+ / 0-)
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      The wage threshold below which OT is required will be raised from the current $455/week to some higher number. There is no indication of what that number will be. Based on the NYT article linked to this diary the numbers under consideration range up to about $975/week. If that happens it will cover a lot of people with incomes up to $50,000/year.

      That said, I don’t know that teachers would be affected anyway. The big problem with the current law is the misclassification of employees as managerial or supervisory. Teachers are licensed professionals so I don’t know that the proposed rule changes would affect them in the same way.

      Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend. Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read. - Groucho Marx

      by Joe Bob on Wed Mar 12, 2014 at 09:59:25 AM PDT

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  •  Too Little, too late (1+ / 0-)
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    So after 5 years, the Pres plans to begin an administrative process that is likely to take a couple of years and be watered down due to comments. At best it will extend overtime protections to a few of the exploited workers.

    The only way the work force can succeed is by working collectively, not wait for government to hand out the benefits. Union!!!

  •  It's not just keeping our paychecks small, it's (2+ / 0-)
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    vtjim, Certifiable Genius

    about people working FOR FREE.  If you get a salary and your employer requires you to work more than 40 hours each week and doesn't pay you for that overtime, they effectively have you working for those hours for them FOR FREE.  It's just indentured servitude with a fancy title attached.  And it must be ILLEGAL to make these employers stop.  Because there are too many workers out there who are willing to work these hours FOR FREE in order to keep their jobs.

    Thanks, Mr. President for standing up once again for the working man, using your executive orders to make employers PAY these duly earned wages.  I hope the Rethugs scream long and loud about this, proving to the general populace that they want the average American to earn as little as possible.

    Rethugs are not on your side!  VOTE DEMOCRATIC IN NOVEMBER to throw these bums out!

    Best. President. Ever.

    by Little Lulu on Wed Mar 12, 2014 at 10:13:20 AM PDT

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    time rule whereby Goldman Sachs (and others) pays its analysts 50% of their hourly rate for overtime. That should be against the law. Leave it to the vampire squid to take advantage if a wretched and misguided rule.

    Hey, Republicans, the whole world is watching.

    by TAH from SLC on Wed Mar 12, 2014 at 10:49:51 AM PDT

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    Local employers here have put virtually their entire workforce on salary, meaning people now routinely work 9 hours a day and often a few hours on the weekend.  Since virtually noone is on the clock now, there is a huge struggle to get away from work and dump the stress on others.  It's transformed the work environment and damaged the health of people who aren't assertive enough to push back and end up working to 7 pm.

    William Hamilton practices Law and is a writer and community activist in the Charleston, SC area. He can reached through www.wjhamilton.com

    by wjhamilton29464 on Wed Mar 12, 2014 at 11:23:18 AM PDT

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