By MIKE LEE
Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman led a coalition of Attorneys General in opposing the Trump administration’s efforts to roll back overtime pay protections for hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers and millions of Americans.
The US Department of Labor threatens to roll back the Obama administration’s rule set to go into effect last year that would have expanded overtime pay protections for workers by setting a salary floor below which the exemption from overtime laws cannot apply.
The proposed changes jeopardize protections involving overtime pay for millions of low-wage workers in the service and medical sectors, as well as office clericals, among others. In New York, this would have a devastating impact for hundreds of thousands of working families trying to get by in an unbalanced economy.
“The Labor Department should be protecting workers’ rights, not undermining them at every turn,” Schneiderman said. “Rolling back these overtime protections would threaten hundreds of thousands of hardworking New Yorkers who deserve a fair day’s pay for a fair day’s work. I’m committed to using the full force of my office to ensure that all workers are treated with the fairness and dignity they deserve.”
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