Reports: Obama to issue executive order expanding overtime pay

Fred Barbash
The Washington Post

President Obama will issue an executive order today expanding the number of people who qualify for overtime pay under federal labor law, according to news reports.

According to the Associated Press, the directive is designed to help salaried workers, such as fast-food shift supervisors or convenience store managers, who may be expected to work more than 40 hours a week without receiving overtime pay.

AP reported that under Obama’s proposed changes, the Labor Department could raise the pay threshold for workers covered by overtime rules.

The legal authority derives from the Fair Labor Standards Act, which, under current regulations, guarantees extra pay to salaried workers told to work overtime if they earn less than $455 per week.

Obama’s order would increase that salary level. The reports did not say by how much.

The move would “potentially shift billions of dollars worth of corporate income into the pockets of workers,” the New York Times said on its Web site. The Times quoted Cecilia Muñoz, director of the White House Domestic Policy Council, as  saying the effort was part of Obama’s pledge to help workers thrive.

“We need to fix the system so folks working hard are getting compensated fairly,” she said on Tuesday evening. “That’s why we are jump-starting this effort.”…



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