New overtime pay bill might be short-lived
Are the new Department of Labor (DOL) “Fair Pay Rules,” which became effective August 23 and changed the overtime pay rules for workers earning less than $23,660 per year, or $455 per week, in danger of extinction? By a vote of 223 to 193 last month, the House tacked an amendment on to the $142.5 billion measure funding education, worker training and health programs that would block the DOL rules. The Senate Appropriations Committee voted 16 to 13 to block the DOL rules. In any case, President Bush has threatened to veto the entire spending bill if it tampers with the DOL overtime rules.