Thursday's D3 Daily Action: Protect Overtime Pay for Millions of Working People
BACKGROUND: Last year, President Obama issued an Executive Order that required the Department of Labor to update and strengthen overtime protections under the Fair Labor Standards Act for as many as 12.5 million people, 6.4 million of whom are women. Unfortunately this forward movement was stalled after the election. Now, Donald Trump’s Department of Labor is opening up a “Request for Information” in a blatant attempt to undercut the overtime pay rule, which is critical to our ability to earn a fair wage. We have to do everything we can to protect Over Time.
Submit a comment to the Department of Labor demanding the full implementation of this badly-needed, updated overtime rule. Here's how:
- Head on over to the Regulations.Gov website.
- Copy the sample comment below or write your own!
- You're done!
Back in 1975, President Gerald Ford’s Labor Department set the salary level for overtime exemption at the equivalent of about $58,000 in today’s dollars―high enough to cover more than 50 percent of full-time salaried workers. The Obama-era rule set it at $47,476―high enough to cover about 34 percent of full-time salaried employees but lower than the level that it was in the 1970s. That’s why the salary threshold should be at least $47,476; and without indexing, the overtime pay rule will continue to erode and not keep pace with inflation.
When fully implemented, this updated rule extends overtime eligibility to 4.9 million more working people and makes it harder for employers to deny overtime to another 7.6 million working people who are already eligible.
I urge the Department of Labor to implement the new overtime rule, keep the salary threshold at at least $47,476 and keep the indexing to protect the rights and wages of working people. The whole point of having national standards is to ensure decent basic standards for all workers. The updated overtime standard is already linked to the lowest-wage Census region. Workers’ rights and wages should not be undercut even further by weakening the salary threshold.
Action Courtesy of MomsRising.org