Congressman Adrian Smith is pushing back at new overtime rules announced this week by the White House.
The rules raise the threshold for salary workers who should be eligible for overtime pay for working more than 40 hours a week.
“This is a huge change in current policy and there are concerns among small businesses that this could lead to layoffs or certainly less flexibility,” Smith tells Nebraska reporters during a conference call.
Under the new guidelines, salaried workers must be paid for overtime if they make less than $47,000 dollars per year. The previous threshold had been $23,000.
Smith says the Obama Administration’s one-size-fits-all approach won’t work.
“I like to emphasize to folks that America is a big country,” Smith says. “We have different needs across the country and for Washington, D.C. bureaucrats to think that they can settle everything with a one-size-fits-all approach is just truly missing the mark.”
Smith says he believes the rule will be challenged in court.
“It’s unnecessary. It’s an overreach. I would imagine that this too will be litigated as so many the other of the overreaches by the federal government have been handled.”
KLIN contributed to this report.