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Bonamici Statement on Department of Labor Overtime Proposal

March 8, 2019


The Department of Labor's new overtime proposal fails to adequately address the needs of workers who are struggling to make ends meet. The DOL should be doing more to make sure workers are compensated for the hours they work. 


The overtime salary threshold is a fundamental tool to make sure that workers are paid fairly for their work. Unfortunately, it has not kept pace with inflation and the needs of working families. The Obama Administration issued a stronger rule in 2016 to update the income threshold and guarantee updates every three years. According to the DOL's own estimates, the new proposal from the Trump Administration would cover fewer workers.


We must set a higher bar for protecting workers’ rights. Everyone should be paid fairly for the hours they work.