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Obama Seeks to Restore Overtime Pay for Millions of Workers Denied Under Bush-Era Rules

Pete Souza. The Official White House Photostream/Wikimedia

In 2004, President George W. Bush, at the urging of business groups, used his executive powers to change overtime eligibility rules and allow businesses to deny overtime for millions of workers. Tomorrow, President Barack Obama is expected to announce that he will direct the Labor Department to update overtime eligibility rules to restore overtime protection that workers have lost to inflation since 1975. 

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Home Care Workers Win Wage and Overtime Protection

Photo courtesy of National Council of La Raza

Nearly 2 million home care workers—the vast majority of whom are women—take care of the elderly and people with disabilities, often working 12-hour days and 60 to 70 hours a week. Now, for the first time since 1975, most of these workers will have the wage and overtime protection of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) under a new rule issued today by the Obama administration’s Department of Labor.   

Since they were exempted from the FLSA nearly four decades ago, home care workers seldom have been paid overtime and their net income is often less than the minimum wage, considering time spent in travel between the homes where they work in a single day and its cost. Unlike workers covered by federal labor laws, they have not been paid for all the hours they are on the clock.

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The Perfect Gift for FLSA’s 75th Anniversary? A Raise in the Minimum Wage

The Perfect Gift for FLSA’s 75th Anniversary? A Raise in the Minimum Wage

Marking the 75th anniversary of the nation’s cornerstone wage law, Vice President Joe Biden told a White House audience that included a number of minimum wage workers:

It’s time to raise the minimum wage and keep faith with the Fair Labor Standards Act.

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FLSA Turns 75, Celebrate with a Call to Raise the Minimum Wage

FLSA Turns 75, Celebrate with a Call to Raise the Minimum Wage

Today is the 75th anniversary of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) that set into law a guaranteed minimum wage, established the 40-hour workweek and overtime pay for more than 40 hours, outlawed child labor and set other important employment standards.

Later this morning, the Obama White House will host a celebration of the FLSA with Vice President Joe Biden and a roundtable with workers. The event will be live-streamed beginning at 11 a.m. EDT at

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5 Things You Need to Know About the ‘Comp Time’ Bill

Flex This: Tell Congress, ‘Don’t Cut My Overtime!’

If you are one of the millions of workers who count on overtime to stretch your paycheck, including the 59% of US workers paid by the hour, it’s time to tell House Republicans, “Don’t cut my overtime with your so-called Working Families Flexibility Act (H.R. 1406).”   

The bill would allow employers to stop giving workers any extra pay for overtime work and instead substitute “comp time.”

What would that mean for most workers?

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Employer Tactics in Ducking Back Wage Claims Now Before Supreme Court

The AFL-CIO has filed a friend of the court brief in a case before the U.S. Supreme Court in which an employer is attempting to avoid paying its workers back wages. The case centers on a Pennsylvania nurse, Laura Symczyk, Genesis Healthcare Corp. and methods employers are using to get around paying wages due under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

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Overtime Wage Theft Complaints Soar

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Not only are corporations sitting on more than $1 trillion in cash and refusing to hire workers, now it appears employers who are making fewer workers do even more aren’t paying their overtime wages. The number of overtime wage theft complaints, filed by workers in the first half of this year, matches last year’s total filed under the provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act, according to a new report.

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FLSA: 74 Years Fighting Child Labor and Still Going

Rose Biodo, Philadelphia, 10 years old. Working three summers, minds baby and carries berries, two pecks at a time. Whites Bog, Brown Mills, N.J., 09/28/1910

Anastasia Christman is a senior policy analyst with the National Employment Law Project.

Last month activists all over the planet shined a light on the persistence of child labor on the World Day Against Child Labor. As many as 215 million children worldwide lose the chance to learn, play and grow as they instead are compelled to join the workforce, often under grueling conditions. As we in the United States celebrate the anniversary of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) passed in 1938, we should recommit to the part of its mission dedicated to fighting oppressive child labor in our own country. 

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