Labor Leaders Praise DOL Proposed Rule to Update Overtime Standards for Salaried Employees

WASHINGTON – Today, Education and the Workforce Committee Ranking Member Robert C. “Bobby” Scott (VA-03), Representative Mark Takano (D-Calif.), Workforce Protections Subcommittee Ranking Member Alma Adams (D-NC), Representative Delia Ramirez (D-IL), Representative Donald Norcross (D-NJ), Early Childhood Elementary and Secondary Education Subcommittee Ranking Member Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR), Representative Ilhan Omar (D-MN), Representative Pramila Jayapal (D-WA), Higher Education and Workforce Development Subcommittee Ranking Member Frederica Wilson (D-FL), and Representative Jamaal Bowman (D-NY) submitted a public comment letter to Department of Labor showing strong support of the Department’s proposed rulemaking to raise the overtime salary threshold.

Under this rulemaking DOL is seeking to:

  • Raise the overtime salary threshold for salaried workers making less than the 35th percentile of weekly earnings of full-time salaried workers in the lowest-wage Census Region, or $55,068 annually. 
  • Include automatic updates every three years to keep pace with wages. 


The Members writeThe stark reality is that millions of workers in the United States currently work additional overtime but do not receive fair compensation for their precious time. Overtime standards are long overdue for a meaningful update, and this proposed rulemaking appropriately meets the needs of Americans workers in all stretches of the country.”

Read the full text of the letter here.


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