White House Proposes New Rules On Overtime Pay

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Democratic lawmakers say the Trump Administration’s new rule on overtime pay will short change millions of American workers who are currently working but not being paid for overtime.

“They’re hurting these people,” said Ohio Democrat Senator Sherrod Brown.

Sen. Brown says the White House isn’t doing enough to help the millions of Americans working overtime but not being paid for it.

“They’re not willing to tell corporations that ‘you’re going to pay overtime to these people because they earned it’,” he said. 

Right now, companies do not have to pay overtime to salaried workers who make more than $23,000 a year.

The Obama Administration tried to raise the cap to $47,000, but businesses complained, some states sued and the courts blocked it.

Patrice Onwuka with the Independent Women’s Forum says that’s for good reason.

“It sounds good in the short term but in the long term there could be a lot of unintended consequence,” she said. 

Like, she says, lower wages, lay-offs, and a more stressful work environment for workers forced to rush through their day.

Now the Trump Administration is trying to split the difference setting the cap at $35,000.

Brown says the administration is abandoning millions of workers who deserve overtime pay.

“That’s reprehensible when you see the number of millionaires and billionaires that are in this White House,” Senator Brown said. 

Senator Brown and 19 Democrats are now urging the Labor Department to withdraw the proposed rule.

Brown is also pushing a bill to make the Obama administration’s $47,000 cap the law.

“We’ll keep trying,” Brown said. 

Brown says he’s working to score Republican support but says he knows it’s a long shot.

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