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Prevent change in over-time pay rule

The department of labor rule change would allow low-income workers to automatically be eligible for overtime, something they aren't now, however those making more than $22,100 would no longer be automatically eligible for overtime though they would have more flexibility with their comp time. Two different studies looking at the impact of the rule change estimated that the number of American families affected would be between 1.2 million and 8 million. Sen. Cohen stated that, "The changes were harmful for middle class Americans and that it was an example of Washington tilting more in the favor of corporations." While the overtime rule change was entirely made from within the Department of Labor, Democrats in both the House and Senate have tried to prevent the change from occurring by holding up money in appropriations bills that would pay for the changes.
Source: PoliticsNH.com, `Cohen Highlights Labor Dept. Rule Change' Jul 23, 2003

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