Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Lower paid "salaried" or exempt workers now must be paid overtime in the US

The New York Times applauds (“Making Overtime Fair Again”) the Obama administration Labor Department rule to require time-and-a-half for overtime for lower paid “salaried” workers (setting a threshold at about $47000) here
This would not help salaried in-house programmers, who usually make more and are often on-call.  It will help workers mainly in retail, convenience, and fast food, more in rural areas. But it's customary to pay W-2 contract employees on IT projects hourly through staffing firms (often with a per diem). 
It would tend to discourage employers from goading workers into lowballing one another (the antithesis of paid family leave).

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