Mia Love Says New Overtime Regulations Could Hurt Utah Businesses

By Ashley Stilson
Published: Monday, Aug. 15 2016 5:10 p.m. MDT
Updated: Monday, Aug. 15 2016 5:16 p.m. MDT

SANDY — A new U.S. Department of Labor rule that goes into effect later this year could mean more overtime pay for some salaried workers.

But Rep. Mia Love, R-Utah, said Monday that the new rule is a slap in the face to Utah managers and business owners.

“It will be devastating to many Utah businesses,” she said. “It creates a financial burden entangled in government red tape under the guise of helping workers.”

Since 2004, salaried workers have been exempt from overtime laws if they earned more than $23,660 a year.
Beginning Dec. 1, the “Overtime Rule” raises the salary threshold under which salaried workers are eligible to receive overtime pay to $47,476 a year.

The Overtime Rule is intended to pay more money — overtime — to middle class workers who work more than 40 hours or give them more free time by capping their work weeks at 40 hours. The rule is also intended to prevent future erosion of overtime protections, the department’s website states.

The updated regulations are meant to simplify and modernize the overtime rules so they’re easier to understand and apply, according to the Department of Labor.

The Bureau of Labor and Statistics place the average Utah wage at $43,108, which means the proposed threshold for exempt status is 17 percent higher than Utah’s average wage level.

“The Overtime Rule hurts those that it’s bound to protect,” Love said. “It hurts flexibility without improving pay. It removes health care benefits from families that make under $47,000. … This is one more example of Washington arrogance thinking they can fix everything and not involve the American people. Enough is enough.”

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