Senators want a raise in overtime rules for Michigan workers

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Senate Minority Leader Jim Ananich and House Democratic Leader Christine Greig issue statements in response to a new scaled-back overtime rule proposed by the Trump Administration.

“Workers who earn $35,000 a year are not highly paid executives who don’t need overtime pay, but you wouldn’t know that from the Trump Administration’s Department of Labor’s weak new overtime pay proposal. It shortchanges thousands of workers in our state who would have received overtime pay under the 2016 rule. Working folks in Michigan deserve a raise and we’ll keep up the fight to make it happen,” said Sen. Jim Ananich, who has previously introduced legislation to expand eligibility for overtime pay for salaried Michigan workers.  

“Everyday Michiganders deserve more than just a job, they deserve a job with a strong paycheck and the benefits they need to fully support their families,” said House Democratic Leader Christine Greig. “With so many in our state struggling to get by, the focus should be on ensuring that all families have the resources they need to keep food on the table and afford the basics that build opportunity for future generations. Our state’s hardworking men and women deserve nothing less than fair compensation for every hour worked.” 

The Trump Administration’s overtime rule would increase the threshold for which salaried employees qualify for overtime from $23,660 to $35,308. The Obama Administration proposed $47,476 in 2016 which was blocked by a lawsuit from attorney generals from multiple states.

The new proposal will leave out more than 192,000 salaried Michigan workers who would have benefited from the 2016 rule.

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