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Official: Obama to push for more OT pay for millions of workers



Published: Thu, March 13, 2014 @ 12:00 a.m.

Associated Press

WASHINGTON

President Barack Obama will direct the Labor Department to strengthen overtime-pay protections for millions of workers, a White House official said.

The directive is meant 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. The proposed change is part of Obama’s effort to focus on closing the gap between the wealthy and the poor, which also includes a call to raise the federal minimum wage from $7.25 per hour to $10.10.

The proposal is likely to be met with opposition from some Republicans and members of the business community who say the private sector should have flexibility in setting wages.

Under the new changes Obama is seeking, the Labor Department could raise the pay threshold for workers covered by overtime rules. Currently, salaried workers who make more than $455 per week are exempt from overtime.

California and New York have set higher thresholds of $640 and $600 a week respectively, the White House official said.

Obama is expected to announce the proposed regulation changes today. The announcement is part of his self-described “year of action,” a series of economy-focused executive decisions that don’t require congressional approval.

The White House official said Obama is authorized to take this action on his own under the Fair Labors Standards Act, which Congress passed in 1938. The proposed changes will be subject to public comment before the Labor Department can start implementing the final rule.


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1Photoman(1005 comments)posted 7 months, 1 week ago

One of the most frequent visitors to the White House following the election of our current leader was a man named George Soros. My understanding of comments by Mr. Soros is that he clearly wishes to cause the collapse of our economy. Fiscal policies and actions by our leaders and agencies make me believe that Soros and those of his ilk are likely to be successful. This action for overtime pay is likely to cause further loss of jobs and appears to play into the Soros plan.

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2SheDevil(120 comments)posted 7 months, 1 week ago

What is the source of your assertion that Soros is 'one of the most frequent visitors to the Whitehouse'?

He is not even in the top 100 visitors (according to the on-line records log and Wall Street Journal).

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3redeye1(4558 comments)posted 7 months, 1 week ago

SheDevil Those records log you write about , They can be changed or not even written in. A lot of people who visit the WH are not recorded. It could be a matter a of security etc. Or it could be that OBAMMY and his liberturd friends don't want us to know who comings and going. Did you ever think of that?

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