WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, says the president isn’t doing enough to help the average worker, but he is proposing a bill to change that.
Brown is reintroducing legislation aimed at raising wages for middle managers by changing the overtime regulations.
“Three years ago I was in Columbus to announce the Obama administration was finally going to raise the overtime threshold,” Brown said, adding he felt it was one of his proudest days being a senator.
He added the changes outlined by the Obama administration would have made 130,000 Ohioans eligible for a raise through overtime pay by increasing the threshold at which overtime has to be paid.
However, Brown said when Donald Trump became president, he put those proposals on hold and then this year released regulations that reduced the amount of workers by about half.
Brown’s Restoring Overtime Pay Act would increase the overtime salary level from $23,660 per year to roughly $51,000 per year, making roughly 4.6 million workers nationally newly eligible for overtime pay.
“People who work 50 or 60 hours a week should be paid the wages they’ve earned,” Brown said. “By failing to stand up for workers and defend the overtime rule, the President is failing to put workers first and is driving down the value of work. Our bill would fix this, and make sure workers are paid for every hour they put in.”
Brown added currently companies can designate workers as middle management, making them salaried positions, then require workers to put in 50-60 hours of work a week without any additional pay.