Wage and Hour Issues
Today, American families are working harder than ever but far too many continue to struggle to make ends meet. That’s why Committee Democrats strongly support the work of the Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) to ensure hardworking American families earn a fair day’s pay for a fair day’s work. Every Committee Democrat signed a letter to President Obama expressing strong support for the WHD’s efforts to expand overtime pay protections to millions of American workers by updating the salary threshold below which workers are guaranteed overtime pay for hours worked in excess of forty in a week. And the Committee looks forward to the Wage and Hour Division finalizing the rule this year.
The Democratic members of the Committee also stand with the majority of the Democratic caucus in the House in supporting the Raise the Wage Act (H.R. 2150) that would increase the federal minimum wage to $12.00 per hour by the year 2020. The Raise the Wage Act would also gradually eliminate the tipped-credit wage that has allowed too many employers to cheat workers out of their hard-earned pay. The Committee also supports the Wage and Hour Division’s efforts to combat wage theft by appropriately classifying workers. Several Committee members have reintroduced the Payroll Fraud Prevention Act, (H.R.3427), to help end the misclassification of employees as independent contractors.
Committee Democrats also support efforts by the Obama Administration to increase the minimum wage for workers on federal contracts; ensure that businesses that receive federal contracts also comply with workplace wage and hour, anti-discrimination and safety laws; and require businesses with track records of non-compliance to improve their performance as a prerequisite to receiving taxpayer-funded contracts. Supporting these sensible legislative proposals will help ensure that employees of federal contractors receive appropriate wages, overtime pay, and the right to take job-protected leave for family and medical purposes.