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The Trump administration is about to fake it’s doing one thing nice for employees, however shock—it’s not so nice. Heidi Shierholz explains the reality behind experiences that the administration will roll out its new extra time eligibility rule in time for Labor Day, searching for optimistic headlines about all the employees who’ll immediately be eligible for time-and-a-half in the event that they work greater than 40 hours every week.
The Obama administration tried to lift the brink to which salaried employees are eligible for extra time from the present stage of $23,660 as much as $47,476, which means that lots of employees would immediately get both extra time or extra pay. That obtained blocked by a conservative choose, and now the Trump administration plans to suggest a rise to $35,308—which sounds good, when you don’t notice that $47,476 had been on the desk, so everybody incomes between these two numbers will now be omitted. It’s an advance over the established order, positive, however a giant step again from what the established order would have been if right-wing teams hadn’t sued to dam the Obama coverage and a right-wing choose hadn’t taken their facet.
“The Trump administration’s weaker rule will go away behind an estimated eight.2 million employees who would have gotten new or strengthened extra time protections underneath the 2016 rule,” Shierholz writes. “This consists of four.2 million girls, three.zero million folks of coloration, four.7 million employees with no faculty diploma, and a couple of.7 million mother and father of youngsters underneath the age of 18.” Total, $1.2 billion a yr much less will go to employees underneath the anticipated Trump rule than underneath the thwarted Obama rule.