Without Government Protection, Individual Workers Have No Power: The Overtime Edition

This is why federal judges matter (boldface mine):

CANCELED RAISES: With the future of the overtime rule very much in doubt, some employers are canceling promised raises. The rule, initially set to take effect December 1, doubles (to $47,476) the salary threshold under which virtually all workers are guaranteed time-and-a-half pay whenever they work more than 40 hours in a given week. To prepare for the regulation, many employers bumped salaried workers above the new threshold to avoid paying overtime. But in November a federal judge in Texas issued a preliminary injunction against the regulation and strongly suggested he would follow up with a permanent injunction.

The clawbacks seem mainly to have occurred at nonprofits and smaller for-profit businesses. Raises were canceled at Massachusetts General Hospital, Iowa State University, the University of Iowa, Michigan State University, Rutgers University, the University of North Carolina Wilmington, Wayne State University in Michigan, and the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee.

An athletic trainer working for ATI Physical Therapy, an Illinois-based physical therapy and rehabilitation provider, told POLITICO that the company told her she’d receive a bump in salary, now $41,600, above the $47,476 threshold. But that changed after the injunction. According to the trainer, “They just said, ‘No, since we don’t have to legally, we’re not going to … do it.’” A spokesperson for ATI Physical Therapy said in a statement that the company “has put a hold, not canceled, any changes that were announced to [its] employees regarding the definition of exempt/non-exempt status until this issue is resolved by the courts.”

Clinton was not awesome, but she would have been better for workers than what is coming down the pike.

In my experience, non-profits can be awful to workers.

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