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Thu Dec 18, 2014, 05:00 PM

The next policy to help the middle class that Republicans will oppose

By Paul Waldman December 18 at 3:16 PM

Lately, Democrats have been searching for new ways to appeal to working class and middle class voters on economic issues. They know their basic economic perspective is popular, but they worry that the few specific policies they advocate, like increasing the minimum wage, don’t touch enough people’s lives. They also worry about being seen as advocates for the poor but not the middle class. So they’re looking for ideas.

But there’s one policy change already in the pipeline that looks as though it could be the next big Democratic economic push. It’s got everything: the potential to affect millions, guaranteed opposition from business groups, and the specter of another executive action from President Obama. That last point means that the change can be made as soon as the administration wants, and that Republicans will be apoplectic when it happens.

It’s about who gets overtime pay, which has all but disappeared from American workers’ paychecks. But maybe not for long.

A little background: Under the Fair Labor Standards Act, workers are supposed to be paid overtime (time and a half) if they work more than 40 hours a week. That doesn’t apply to executives and managers, or workers whose salaries exceed a certain threshold. The threshold is what’s at issue; it has only been raised once since 1975. The current threshold is $455 a week, or $23,660 a year — under the poverty level for a family of four. If you make more than that, you’re ineligible for overtime pay. Today only around one in ten American workers is eligible for overtime pay, compared to 65 percent of workers who were covered in 1975.

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http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2014/12/18/the-next-policy-to-help-the-middle-class-that-republicans-will-oppose/

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Thu Dec 18, 2014, 05:05 PM

1. unionize your work

 

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Thu Dec 18, 2014, 06:24 PM

2. How does someone on salary receive overtime?

Being on salary means you do not get paid by the hour. An employee on salary could work a sixty hour week and still get their salary. They also could stay home for a week and still get their salary....Doesn't make sense to me..

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Thu Dec 18, 2014, 06:32 PM

3. So I guess I have something to be thankful for

because up until I retired/disabled/social security I hadn't worked a job where I made less than 455 bucks a week in years and I always got paid over time and would have walked if I was denied it. I never heard of this and at one of the jobs I had I did payroll from time to time when the boss would be out of town and he nor I knew anything about any of this. So I'm not sure I want to believe this. Nothing to you but to the authors of the article

color me surprised to say the least.

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