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Extending Overtime Protections: Heartland Alliance Comments on U.S. Department of Labor Notice of Proposed Rulemaking

by Kimberly Drew; Melissa Young

Sep 3, 2015
All workers deserve a fair day's pay for a fair day's work.We commend DOL for taking this important step to ensure that workers are adequately compensated for their work. We urge the Department to finalize and implement the rule without delay. Importantly, although the implementation of the Department's proposed rule will signify a significant step forward for millions of workers, many of the workers who are most vulnerable to wage and hour exploitation continue to be left out. As DOL considers further steps to strengthen protections for workers, the full list of workers currently exempt from the FLSA minimum wage and overtime protections should be reviewed and narrowed to ensure that we stop creating a second class of workers. These excluded workers deserve minimum wage and overtime protections and further consideration of inclusion in future rulemaking.