AFL-CIO leader Richard Trumka has promised in an interview to sue the Trump administration if the U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL) rolls back the 2016 overtime rules. Millions of additional white-collar workers were poised to gain overtime eligibility last December under President Obama, until it was blocked by a federal judge in Texas. If allowed to take effect, the change would double, to $913 per week, the threshold beneath which employees must be paid time-and-a-half, even if designated as managers. Trumka has also criticized Trump’s executive order directing all Department heads to eliminate two regulations for every one added, which Trumka sees as a threat to workplace safety. In his confirmation hearing last Thursday, USDOL Secretary nominee Alex Acosta swatted away questions about whether or not he would carry on defending the Obama-era overtime threshold. However, Acosta did note that he believes there should have been more consistent increases in the threshold since the early 2000s so that this large increase wouldn’t create a “stress” on the system.
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