The clock is ticking on President Obama’s overtime rule.
The rule would require anyone making less than 47 thousand dollars a year be eligible for time-and-a-half pay, if they work more than 40 hours a week.
Right now it only applies to people making about $23,000.
Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown said, “It’s a big deal. It’s a lot of money in people’s pockets who have earned it.”
Opponents, like Arkansas Congressman Rick Crawford say the rule puts unnecessary burdens on states and employers.
“They raised that threshold to address major metro issues, without regard to economies in smaller states like Arkansas.”
Twenty one states sued to block the rule. A judge sided with the states and halted the overtime rule, giving the Department of Labor a June 30th deadline to appeal.
Now the Department of Labor, under a new President, has to decide if it wants to fight for the previous administration’s rule.
Sen. Brown said, “They found a court in east texas with a very conservative judge//the trump administration has to decide do you go with that judge to strip away overtime dollars or do you stand with workers in our state and in 50 states”
Brown says if the Labor Department chooses not to fight, the rule is likely dead.
Crawford hopes the Labor Department will give the power to the states.
“Each state is unique and each state has their economic conditions to address.”