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Congressman Randy Hultgren

Representing the 14th District of ILLINOIS

Hultgren Supports Legislation to Delay Burdensome Department of Labor Overtime Rule

Sep 28, 2016
Press Release
“A well-advertised but empty promise for workers and businesses”

Washington, DC — U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren (IL-14) voted in favor of the Regulatory Relief for Small Businesses, Schools and Nonprofits Act, which passed the House of Representatives today. H.R. 6094 would delay for six months the effective date of the Department of Labor’s (DOL) new overtime pay rule.

This summer DOL finalized its overtime regulations that quickly and drastically expand the group of employees eligible for overtime pay. This step by the administration is advertised as a financial boon for salaried employees who work more than 40 hours per week. In reality, however, the rule’s unintended consequences mean heavier burdens on colleges, nonprofits and small businesses—our nation’s biggest employers—and a return to hourly work for salaried employees.

“While getting more take-home pay into workers’ pockets is admirable, this move—which sounds great in theory—demonstrates again that the devil is in the details. When I ask businesses what prevents them from hiring more workers, they tell me overregulation is a key obstacle that gets in the way. They understand the new standard for what it is—a well-advertised but empty promise from the administration that could really mean fewer hours for workers, slowed hiring for salaried employees and a shift for full-time employees into hourly work,” said Rep. Hultgren.

While H.R. 6094 does not remove the rule entirely, it does give employers and Congress a six-month delay while other alternatives are considered. Rep. Hultgren has signed a letter to Labor Secretary Thomas Perez urging the department to reconsider its proposal, and he joined 200 of his House colleagues in cosponsoring the Protecting Workplace Opportunity and Advancement Act to nullify the final rule.

“I will continue to do what I can to make the case against this misguided, one-size-fits-all proposal that would hurt not only employers and the business community, but the millions of Americans they employ,” said Rep. Hultgren.