facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

Obama signs memo to strengthen overtime pay rules

President Obama directed Labor Sec. Tom Perez to rewrite the rules governing overtime pay.
By Gabrielle Levy   |   March 13, 2014 at 5:44 PM   |   Comments

1 of 6
| License Photo
March 13 (UPI) -- President Obama signed a memo Thursday ordering the Department of Labor to rewrite rules to make it more difficult for employers to avoid paying workers overtime.

"If you have to work more, you should get paid more," the president said, surrounded by salaried workers while signing the memo in the East Room at the White House.

The memo directs Secretary of Labor Tom Perez to modernize regulations governing overtime pay to cut out so-called "white collar" exemptions in which employers could deny overtime to workers making more than a minimum of $455 a week.

Perez will consult with employers and employees in order to come up with new rules, Obama said.

Below, the president's full memo to Secretary Perez:

MEMORANDUM FOR THE SECRETARY OF LABOR
SUBJECT: Updating and Modernizing Overtime Regulations

The Fair Labor Standards Act (the "Act"), 29 U.S.C. 201 et seq., provides basic rights and wage protections for American workers, including Federal minimum wage and overtime requirements. Most workers covered under the Act must receive overtime pay of at least 1.5 times their regular pay rate for hours worked in excess of 40 hours per week.

However, regulations regarding exemptions from the Act's overtime requirement, particularly for executive, administrative, and professional employees (often referred to as "white collar" exemptions) have not kept up with our modern economy. Because these regulations are outdated, millions of Americans lack the protections of overtime and even the right to the minimum wage.

Therefore, I hereby direct you to propose revisions to modernize and streamline the existing overtime regulations. In doing so, you shall consider how the regulations could be revised to update existing protections consistent with the intent of the Act; address the changing nature of the workplace; and simplify the regulations to make them easier for both workers and businesses to understand and apply.

This memorandum is not intended to, and does not, create any right or benefit, substantive or procedural, enforceable at law or in equity by any party against the United States, its departments, agencies, or entities, its officers, employees, or agents, or any other person.

Nothing in this memorandum shall be construed to impair or otherwise affect the authority granted by law to a department or agency, or the head thereof.

You are hereby authorized and directed to publish this memorandum in the Federal Register.

BARACK OBAMA

Follow @gabbilevy and @UPI on Twitter.
Contact the Author
Topics: Barack Obama
© 2014 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Most Popular
1
Ukraine's new military doctrine on fast track for approval, says prime minister Ukraine's new military doctrine on fast track for approval, says prime minister
2
Texas driver allegedly kills girlfriend while in middle of a sex act Texas driver allegedly kills girlfriend while in middle of a sex act
3
Nikki Haley lead down to 10 points in S.C. re-election Nikki Haley lead down to 10 points in S.C. re-election
4
Joran van der Sloot is now a father Joran van der Sloot is now a father
5
Pakistani leader intimately connected to IS Pakistani leader intimately connected to IS
Trending News
x
Feedback