Rep. Susan Davis Applauds President Obama’s Proposed Rule to Extend Overtime Pay to 420,000 Workers in California
Congresswoman Susan Davis (D-San Diego) applauded the President’s announcement that the Department of Labor will propose extending overtime pay protections to nearly 5 million salaried American workers, including more than 400,000 in California. This proposal would increase the current overtime protection threshold, guaranteeing overtime pay to most salaried workers earning less than an estimated $50,440 per year.
“This move by the Department of Labor will mean more income for hardworking families and the dignity of knowing that their work is valued,” said Rep. Davis, a senior member of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce. “We should build on this proposal and pass a minimum wage increase, equal pay protections, and paid family leave for workers.”
The salary threshold for overtime pay for American workers has been changed only twice in the last 40 years and now covers far fewer workers due to inflation. Currently, only workers making less than $23,660 per year – a wage below the poverty threshold for a family of four – are guaranteed overtime pay. This proposal updates the overtime rules to ensure that millions more Americans who work over 40 hours per week will receive the overtime pay they deserve.
Beginning on Monday, when the proposed rule appears in the Federal Register, the American public will have 60 days to submit comments on this rule.