CHICAGO, Aug. 23 (UPI) -- Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich says a state law he signed this spring ensures 375,000 workers in the state will not lose their overtime rights.
"A person who is willing to work hard -- and then willing to work even harder by working longer hours -- should be paid overtime," said Blagojevich. "Illinois law protects overtime pay for these workers. We intend to keep it that way."
The Illinois law is in conflict with new federal overtime rules that went into effect Monday. Critics say the new federal rule strips overtime pay from millions of workers. But U.S. Labor Secretary Elaine Chao said the federal legislation simplifies overtime, and protects overtime for people making less than $23,660 a year.
The Illinois Department of Labor will enforce the state law, not the new federal administrative rules on overtime, Blagojevich said.