• hdc77494

    One area not mentioned here is the impact this law will have on remote workers or flex schedules. Because of the new overtime rules, employers must either develop systems to carefully track employee hours, or simply require employees to be in the office at their desks. Trial lawyers (the only winners under the new regulations) are salivating at the opportunity for individual and class action suits where the newly fired will instantly claim that they never reported their O/T hours, insist their employer knew or should have known better, and that said employer owes them thousands, never mind the attorney’s fees. HR attorneys are drafting new work rules as we speak. What a wonderful gift just in time to generate political donations to keep the gravy train running. BTW, over the next few years, expect the base pay in all these positions to drop to a level that the worker is paid the same or less, even after overtime is paid. The new rules dramatically increase the cost of labor with zero increase in work output. It’s an unsustainable model.

    • wcwinder

      Your comments are ridiculous. For many many years everyone got overtime if they worked additional hours. Now the work 70 hours and get paid for 35 to40. Then they allowed people over about $25,000 to be considered “salaried” and force them to work unbelievable hours. At one time 25 G’s used to be a decent income but now it is below poverty. The situation has allowed employers to exploit their workers and contributes to the 47% which i am sure you hate. If they don’t want to pay overtime they can hire more people. That’s the way it worked for many years. If you think a living wage is “gravy” than you are misinformed and need to go to a country where abuse and exploitation are acceptable. Employers and workers will be the winners. Research McDonalds where the CEO raised wages and benefits and has had a net gain in profitability due to worker satisfaction and better attitude toward their job. You may not realize it but you are in support of the “race to the bottom” mentality. Wake up.

  • Kaitlin Carney

    I worked for the Oregon Student Public Interest Research Group for a summer, and I found their labor practices to be incredibly unethical. They required employees to attend 10-12 hours a day, yet only paid them for about 7 hours of that time. They claimed the other 3-5 hours were unpaid training and a lunch break.

  • Penny Eardley

    “Hours strictly limited”? To 40 hours a week/8 hours a day? Do we think that mission is somehow more important than the working conditions of staff?