Video: Overtime Rule to Benefit 4 Million

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Just hours after the following blog went live on Tuesday, major media reported that a Texas judge blocked implementation of the new overtime regulation in response to challenges by a group that included 21 states and businesses. The future of this regulation is now in question.

On Dec. 1, an additional 4.2 million U.S. workers will potentially be eligible for overtime pay when the annual earnings cap doubles to $47,476 under the new federal overtime rule.

Retail workers bracing for the holiday onslaught will be among those receiving overtime if they work more than 40 hours per week but earn less than $47,476.   The previous cap, $23,660, was set in 2004.

Under the new rule, employers must pay overtime to any eligible full-time or part-time worker, according to the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), which produced the above video explaining who will benefit from its recent rule change.

This will mean bigger paychecks for low-wage workers but permanent raises for others earning slightly more. That’s because one option for employers seeking to avoid overtime pay is to increase annual pay for, say, middle managers to just over the $47,476, exempting them from the rule.

Inevitably, some employers will try to ignore the rule. It’s important that workers know their rights under the law – so watch the video and read this.  The overtime rule is enforced by the DOL’s wage and hour division offices in 50 states.

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Ken Pidcock

Bet you’ll see that we can’t make America great again by limiting the exploitation of workers.


To arbitrarily give 4.2 million workers a pay-bump — a pay increase that wasn’t earned by increased productivity, improved performance, or enhanced skills — simply harms the employers’ bottom-line and/or increases the prices of products for everyone.

If higher pay is desired, there are plenty of jobs in the marketplace that pay wages equivalent to the value of the work performed and skillset of the employee.

    Ken Pidcock

    Interesting interpretation of the rule. Of course, nobody’s getting a “pay bump” – just eligibility for overtime – but I guess if workers benefit, that’s a problem.


It’s not a terrible idea, but there should be some employment length qualifications. It would give those who can’t work their way up the financial ladder (for whatever reason) to earn more money.

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