D.C. — The Whitehouse recently issued a freeze order on the former administration’s proposed expansion to the nation’s overtime and labor laws that would have essentially doubled the overtime threshold for salaried employees. Additionally, dozens of companies joined together, filing an amicus brief with an Appeals Court to try and kill the regulations from going into effect altogether through summary judgement.
Had the proposed overtime expansions gone into place, an estimated 4.2 million workers across the country would have been eligible for overtime pay, many in industries like retail and foodservice where salaried employees are expected to work long hours for little pay. Despite this, states and major businesses across the country are trying to block implementation of the new wage laws, regardless of which political party is in the Whitehouse.
At the District Court level, the judge ruled the previous administration overstepped its bounds when it focused on how much money an employee makes rather than the tasks workers perform to determine overtime eligibility. That ruling may have touched off a new legal challenge as to whether the Department of Labor can set pay thresholds for overtime wages or if that power lies with the U.S. Congress.
Furthermore, the amicus brief filed with the Appeals Court argues that companies created their business models based on current regulations and that such drastic changes would cause too much chaos for these entities to grapple with. The brief also claims that while many current salaried employees are not eligible for overtime, they do enjoy robust employment benefits and opportunities for advancement.
Whether or not the companies filing the brief in support of rescinding the Labor Department’s directive have legitimate concerns, the fact of the matter is that many workers remain vulnerable to exploitation and wage theft. Unless changes are made to protect salaried employees working long hours for a meager average hourly rate, unscrupulous employers will continue to take advantage of these hardworking individuals to keep payroll down and increase the company’s bottom line.
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