Starting December 1, 2016, the Department of Labor’s new overtime rule, could result in higher pay for lower-level managers ranging from manufacturing shift leaders, health care workers to retail and restaurant managers. President Obama has finalized the Labor Department’s rule that extends overtime protections to over four million more Americans. He said in a video release this past Saturday, “This is the single biggest step I can take through executive action to raise wages for the American people.” It was announced this past Wednesday that the rule will double the salary threshold for workers that would automatically qualify for time-and–half overtime wages. This would raise wages for working Americans by $12 billion over the next 10 years. The overtime rule will undergo an update every three years.
There are plenty of workers all over the U.S. and even internationally who have it worse. Obama cautioned that there is more work to do, however, things are looking up for workers across the U.S. with this change to the Fair Labor Standards Act. More than half of the people affected are women, which translates into 2.4 million women who will either be gaining overtime protection, or getting a raise to the new threshold as a result of the rule. It was also found that more than half (53 percent) of affected workers have at least a four-year college degree and 61 percent of those are age 35 or older. Visit the Department of Labor’s website for more detailed information and to gain a deeper understanding of who is affected by the new overtime rule at https://blog.dol.gov/2016/05/18/who-benefits-from-the-new-overtime-rule/