The U.S. Department of Labor is appealing a judge’s order blocking the implementation of a new overtime pay rule.
The new regulation would require employers to pay overtime to salaried workers who earn less than $47,476 a year.
That’s about twice the current exemption threshold.
U.S. Sen. Deb Fischer (R-Neb) says she opposes the rule change.
“I’ve heard from Nebraskans all across the state who were very, very concerned about the overtime ruling going into effect and what that was going to have on their businesses,” Fischer said during her weekly conference call with Nebraska reporters.
She says employees impacted by the rule change also expressed worries about their job status.
“What I heard from people was not just the concern that maybe salaried employees would have to be made hourly employees and all the bookkeeping that then is involved with that,” Fischer said, “but it could also impact the benefits that people were receiving,” Fischer says.
She thinks the overtime rule should be similar to the minimum wage, where each state can increase it depending on local conditions.
“Nebraska cost-of-living is nothing like Washington, D.C., and it’s nothing like New York City,” Fischer points out. “So, for the federal government to come in and arbitrarily put out these numbers that everyone has to live with, to me, makes no sense.”
The Department of Labor last updated the white collar overtime regulations in 2004.