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Obama Hopes to Expand Overtime Rules

 
Obama Hopes to Expand Overtime Rules
Posted Wednesday, March 12th 2014 @ 2pm  by KFBK News

President Obama is expected to sign an executive order this week expanding overtime for some U.S. workers who are salaried, but put in more than 40 hours a week without extra pay.

He may push the Labor Department to raise a threshold that exempts those making more than $455 a week from overtime.

Official word isn't expected until tomorrow, but how many people could qualify? And what kind of a ripple effect could we see?

As many as 10 million people could see a bump in their take-home income -- everyone from fast food managers to convenience store supervisors. That's good news for those who are in charge but don't see traditional "white collar" wages.

"You know those thresholds obviously are not current," said Sanjay Varsheny, dean of the College of Business at Sac State.

Varsheny says this could go two ways. If companies know they have to pay certain workers more they may make cuts, but others that want to avoid the overtime may do the opposite.

"Because then they would have to get the work done by having another person on board," he said. 

We'll see the same rehtoric here with the minimum wage debate.

California's overtime threshold is higher than the federal level, $640 a week. 

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