Don't go into overtime

Adjusting rules on time-and-a-half pay won't help economy

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Imagine hearing this news item:

President Obama's ploy to curry favor with voters this election year now includes talk of tweaking rules for overtime pay to allow more people to qualify for it.  PABLO MARTINEZ MONSIVAIS/ASSOCIATED PRESS
PABLO MARTINEZ MONSIVAIS/ASSOCIATED PRESS
President Obama's ploy to curry favor with voters this election year now includes talk of tweaking rules for overtime pay to allow more people to qualify for it.

“President Obama signed an executive order directing the Labor Department to propose rules mandating ‘casual Fridays’ for all hourly, non-uniformed employees working 30 or more hours per week.

“‘All American workers, not just the privileged few, deserve to end their work week in casual attire,’ he said during a news conference at a Gap outlet store in Alexandria, Va. ‘This economy needs to get moving again, and it needs to get moving more freely in relaxed-fitting khakis.’”

That didn’t really happen, of course.

But is it really out of the realm of possibility, considering the meaningless, populist ploys this president has trotted out to try to save his party in November, as well as his own presidential legacy?

With his push for a minimum-wage hike and attack on the so-called gender “wage gap,” there also is this: He is directing the Department of Labor to overhaul overtime rules so more workers qualify for time-and-a-half pay.

Under current rules, salaried workers making more than $455 a week, or $23,660 a year, aren’t eligible for time-and-a-half overtime if some of their work is considered supervisory.

“I’m going to use my pen to give more Americans the chance to earn overtime pay that they deserve,” the president said recently. “If you have to work more, you should get paid more.”

But business experts and economists have said Obama’s plan likely will have the opposite effect of what is intended, which is about what one would expect from a leader with little prior business experience.

Business owners likely will cut employees or reduce pay – neither of which would help the sagging economy. Employment-law litigators might be about the only labor-market sector guaranteed to benefit from the rule changes.

“Be a boom to employment among lawyers, but otherwise not a big deal,” said Mark Zandi, chief economist at Moody’s Analytics.

Those familiar with the process say it will take the Labor Department up to 18 months to come up with the new rules. By then, maybe the president could be giving out candy canes and ponies.

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deestafford
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deestafford 04/09/14 - 11:01 pm
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Let's face it...

Let's face it. Obama is totally ignorant when it comes to economics. He has no idea on how the economy and businesses operate and has not surrounded himself with anyone who does.

It appears that all the discussions on the economy would be what would go in a faculty lounge filled with pie-in-the-sky academics with zero real world experience.

He continues to campaign/talk at the no-information and low-information voters who are as, if not more, ignorant than he is.

carcraft
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carcraft 04/10/14 - 04:16 am
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Obama's "gender pay gap

Obama's "gender pay gap "indicates how truely cluess the clown in the White House is. Does Obama realizes he is supposed to govern and not entertain Americans with meaning less side shows?

Pond Life
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Pond Life 04/10/14 - 06:15 am
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So now he want's to dictate
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So now he want's to dictate how we dress? Does anyone else find this disturbing?

localguy55
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localguy55 04/10/14 - 06:46 am
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This is the resume` of a

This is the resume` of a community organizer. You might as well have gone out to skid roe and found a derelict to put into office. Chances are the derelict probably at least once had a job history.

What a worldwide embarrassment; doesn't say much about the American voter who would put this man-child into office and support his failed policies.

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stuaby 04/10/14 - 07:03 am
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True, deestafford, true. It

True, deestafford, true.

It amazes me how Democrats, Obama, in particular, come out of NOWHERE with these side topics in the midst of all that is going on in order to pander (I guess that's what they're doing.)

Economy still hobbled...AHA! You Republicans don't want women to get any contraceptives!

Foreign policy ineffective and deteriorating...AHA! You Republicans don't want women to get paid!

And so on and so on...

deestafford
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deestafford 04/10/14 - 07:56 am
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Speaking of the pay gap....

Speaking of the pay gap, is Obama going to come out and demand that the WNBA and the NBA players be paid the same? After all, the are playing the same game on the same court for the same amount of time yet the pay is tremendously out of kilter.

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Little Lamb 04/10/14 - 08:20 am
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Pay Gap

Speaking of the gender pay gap, I heard that the White House staff (controlled entirely by the president) has a whopping pay gap, with the women making far less than the men. How can Obama fix the so-called pay gap across the entire country when he cannot fix it in his own house?

Pond Life
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Pond Life 04/10/14 - 08:26 am
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Watch Jay Carny attempt to
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Watch Jay Carny attempt to justify the President's hypocrisy, and just make himself look like the idiot that he is.

http://www.breitbart.com/Breitbart-TV/2014/04/08/Watch-Jay-Carney-Gets-T...

dichotomy
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dichotomy 04/10/14 - 08:53 am
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Obama governs from La-La Land

Obama governs from La-La Land where he and Eric Holder sit around all day playing race cards.

corgimom
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corgimom 04/10/14 - 08:54 am
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Pond Life, go back and read

Pond Life, go back and read the article again.

The part about dressing on Casual Fridays is a JOKE.

corgimom
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corgimom 04/10/14 - 08:56 am
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As for changing the law, yes,

As for changing the law, yes, it should've been changed long ago.

When it was enacted, $23,000 was a high wage and the law was designed for top executives.

Because of wage increases, many people that should be paid overtime aren't, and it's not right.

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Riverman1 04/10/14 - 09:36 am
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Democrats Version of Capitalism

I’m all for a sneaker-running shoe (whatever you want to call them) days with everyone wearing their favorite football jersey, oldest jeans and carrying a 40 ouncer of your favorite beer. On these days bosses are called Mac, Buddy or Bubba. Your choice. Promiscuous behavior is also encouraged. What happens at work stays at work. Girls gone wild videos with office staff are encouraged.

Bizkit
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Bizkit 04/10/14 - 09:32 am
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The National Pay Scale index

The National Pay Scale index has increased every year since 2006. Why aren't people raising hell the President is unilaterally increasing tax payer cost by giving raises and overtime to govt employees? Seems a sneaky way to expand govt. If Bush was doing this that would be the Dem argument. Congress and States already have laws regulating overtime-this is just a political ruse to generate a divide a pander for votes.

Pond Life
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Pond Life 04/10/14 - 09:38 am
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Corgi...it IS in the realm of
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Corgi...it IS in the realm of possibility. He want's to dictate every other manner in which we live and conduct business.

localguy55
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localguy55 04/10/14 - 09:55 am
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Perhaps before the "Dear

Perhaps before the "Dear Leader" talks about equal pay for women, HE AND HIS ADMINISTRATION NEEDS TO GET OUT OF THE WAY OF BUSINESS SO THERE CAN BE SOME JOBS TO ARGUE THE POINT ON. . . . . .God, what a buffoon we have in the White House.

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carcraft 04/10/14 - 10:17 am
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I want equal pay between the

I want equal pay between the NFC, The AFC and the langeria football league. It seems only fair, the ladies don't get to wear as much padding and are playing football right , same job correct?

Riverman1
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Riverman1 04/10/14 - 10:21 am
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Riots After Women's Team Loses

Remember how the University of Arizona students rioted after Wisconsin eliminated them from the NCAA Tournament? I don't think you will see riots if a women's team loses.

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KSL 04/10/14 - 10:35 am
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For salaried people, force

For salaried people, force overtime on them, the boss will demand they go home. No way for the cream to rise to the top.

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deestafford 04/10/14 - 10:51 am
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If I were still working...

If I were still working I would want to be salaried and not on a time card. That way I could work as long and as hard as needed to get the job done and increase the value of the company and myself to the company.

I always wanted to be the first in and the last to leave. I was even that way when I spent 27 years in the Army.

Darby
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Darby 04/10/14 - 11:54 am
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"This is the resume` of a community organizer.

You might as well have gone out to skid roe and found a derelict to put into office."

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Isn't that essentially what has happened? The guy has never earned ANYTHING on his own merits. Everything from his earliest days has been given to him.

He's America's first affirmative action president. Let's hope we are smart enough as a nation to make certain that we've learned our lesson and make him the last one.

t3bledsoe
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t3bledsoe 04/10/14 - 11:59 am
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Editorial

Until ALL females are paid dollar for dollar as men, THE GOVERNMENT has only hypocracy to talk about!

t3bledsoe
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t3bledsoe 04/10/14 - 12:02 pm
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Darby @ 11:54

"He's America's first affirmative action president. Let's hope we are smart enough as a nation to make certain that we've learned our lesson and make him the last one"

ARE YOU sure that Clinton wasn't one of these?? Anyway, the second President Clinton WILL BE!!

KSL
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KSL 04/10/14 - 12:54 pm
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People, men and women, need

People, men and women, need to be paid on their worth, period.

t3bledsoe
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t3bledsoe 04/10/14 - 01:25 pm
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KSL @ 12:54

"People, men and women, need to be paid on their worth, period"

ARE YOU trying to "get my dander up"? It is a documented fact that females do not make the same as men. I believe that your comment has more to do with passing the "living wage law".

t3bledsoe
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t3bledsoe 04/10/14 - 01:31 pm
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Editorial

"to propose rules mandating ‘casual Fridays’ for all hourly, non-uniformed employees working 30 or more hours per week.
“‘All American workers, not just the privileged few, deserve to end their work week in casual attire,’ he said during a news conference at a Gap outlet store in Alexandria, Va. ‘This economy needs to get moving again, and it needs to get moving more freely in relaxed-fitting khakis"

There was a time, during Obama's first term, that I would have said that I believe this is a non-truth. NOW, that my trust in him has degraded soooo much, I find it hard to believe that he thinks that is something that a president should even think about let alone make such a statement!!

t3bledsoe
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t3bledsoe 04/10/14 - 01:37 pm
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Editorial

"Under current rules, salaried workers making more than $455 a week, or $23,660 a year, aren’t eligible for time-and-a-half overtime if some of their work is considered supervisory"

This current rule, I do not agree with!! If a worker, OF ANY TYPE, has been asked; let alone FORCED; into working more than 40 hours per week, then the company must pay extra for the employee's inconvinience!!

Pond Life
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Pond Life 04/10/14 - 01:49 pm
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It is also documented that
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It is also documented that women make MORE than men for the same job. It depends on where you get your documentation.

http://www.cnn.com/2014/04/08/opinion/gage-equal-pay/

http://www.politifact.com/punditfact/statements/2014/apr/09/genevieve-wo...

t3bledsoe
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t3bledsoe 04/10/14 - 01:59 pm
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PL

I laugh with joy when we are on the opposit side of the fence! I will take the time to read your links.

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t3bledsoe 04/10/14 - 02:11 pm
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Read your links

Your first link seems to be Republican Rep. Rodgers stateing that she is for equal pay for equal, and your other link says that there exists equal pay for equal work in SOME cities. A law mandating this WOULD NOT effect those places which are in complyence.

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t3bledsoe 04/10/14 - 02:16 pm
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PL

How can I expect to carry on a good debate when you are on-line then off-line??!! (LOL) I hope it is acceptable with you that I "follow you" to find out if you are on or off. I really enjoy our debates!! I think we should SKYP (SPL) when we talk.

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