The House of Representatives is scheduled to consider the Labor-HHS Appropriations bill this week. Representative Dave Obey (D-WI), ranking Democrat on the House Appropriations Committee, will offer an amendment to rescind the Department of Labor’s April regulations which reduce worker eligibility for overtime pay. [full action news item] 9-7-2004

AFGE Applauds Senate Vote Block Final Bush Overtime Regulations
The Senate approved today an amendment offered by Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) to the Foreign Sales Corporation tax legislation (S. 1637) that blocks the Bush Administration from implementing final regulations which take away workers’ overtime pay rights. 5-5-2004

AFGE Provides Analysis Of Final Bush Overtime Rules, Finds Reasons For Concern
The Bush Administration on April 20 released its final rewrite of the federal overtime pay rules. These sweeping changes, which have been avidly sought by a wide coalition of 100 business groups, are intended to change overtime eligibility rules to take away the overtime pay of many American workers. While some time is needed to properly evaluate this 62-page revision, along with its 277-page preamble and 198-page regulatory analysis, a cursory analysis reveals... 4-21-2004

Save Overtime Pay 3-31-2004
President Bush and Secretary of Labor Elaine Chao are still expected to finalize their overtime pay take-away before the end of March. An exact date has not been announced yet. At the same time, Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) is pushing for a vote this week on a legislative measure to block the Bush administration from cutting overtime pay.

The Petition to Save Overtime Pay now has more than 570,000 signers. We'll announce a special new effort on overtime pay you can support next week. For now, it's more important than ever that you reach out to your friends, family and co-workers to let them know about the Bush overtime pay take-away. Please ask them
to sign the petition at the link below.

FLSA Overtime Regulations
On March 31, 2003, the Department of Labor issued proposed regulations that would drastically change the exemption criteria used in Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) overtime calculations. The FLSA which mandates time-and-a-half pay for work done in excess of 40 hours in a work-week. Although, for federal civil service employees, the Office of Personnel Management (rather than DoL) issues regulations concerning FLSA overtime for federal employees, both courts, arbitrators, and other triers of fact put great reliance on DoL FLSA regulations.



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