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posted 24 August 2004 05:13 PM      Profile for Alix     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
Molly Ivins

I can only assume the lack of news coverage on this issue stems from the fact that most journalists are unaware that they are among those who are about to lose overtime rights. Chefs, cooks, sous chefs, computer workers, nursery school teachers, many nurses, funeral directors and embalmers, "team leaders," some cops — to find out if you are among the lucky 6 million, you can go to the AFL's website You can email questions to a wage-and-hour specialist under its "Ask a Lawyer" feature.

Of course, employers are standing ready to promote everybody and his dog to "management" so they won't be eligible for overtime under the new rules. All they have to do is rename the busboy "assistant night manager," and voila, as the Economic Policy Institute titled its report, "Longer Hours, Less Pay." Large companies can just reclassify entire groups of workers.

Another new trick redefines "salary." Under the old rules, a salaried worker was not entitled to overtime — but now "salary" can be defined as an hourly wage. Under the new regs, if you spend even a fraction of your time on supervisory or "leadership" tasks, you're out of luck on overtime. And of course penalties for employers who illegally dock the pay of salaried workers have been reduced.

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