The Prez penned an op-ed for The Huffington Post, explaining why and how he’s going to get fair pay—and overtime pay—for a lot of workers who otherwise would be shafted without it.
“… We’ve failed to update overtime regulations for years—and an exemption meant for highly paid, white collar employees now leaves out workers making as little as $23,660 a year—no matter how many hours they work. This week, I’ll head to Wisconsin to discuss my plan to extend overtime protections to nearly 5 million workers in 2016, covering all salaried workers making up to about $50,400 next year. That’s good for workers who want fair pay, and it’s good for business owners who are already paying their employees what they deserve—since those who are doing right by their employees are undercut by competitors who aren’t.”
Of course, the bill isn’t without its critics. Conservatives argue that implementing required overtime pay (time and a half for workers working over 40 hours in one week) would kill jobs or lower baseline wages, but think of it this way: Are those really companies you’d want to work for?