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11/28/2016: More Workers Should Get Overtime Pay by Carol Allen


An example of economic injustice is the blow dealt to lower income working people by a Texas judge's decision to reverse President Obama's order on increasing the wage level at which time and a half pay for overtime is required by federal regulation. A multi-state case blocked that increase and kept the old requirement that just people with wages under $23,660 get time and a half for overtime work.  Obama was attempting to raise it to a more realistic level of overtime for wages up to $47,476 but it failed a court ruling.  It would be a much-needed major reform for low-wage workers, many of whom are not in unions (where contracts could define overtime pay.) State rules may vary.


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