Could more federal employees get overtime under a new policy rule?

President Obama has announced a proposed rule that would increase the threshold for salaried workers eligible to receive overtime pay from the current standard of $455 a week to $970 a week, or approximately $50,440 a year. The Department of Labor is finishing the first draft of the proposed rule, which is expected to be on the Federal Register for comment sooner than later. The rule would also peg the threshold to consumer indexes to keep up with inflation. Federal employees are now wondering if they would be included under the new rule.

During a call with reporters, Cecilia Muñoz, director of the Domestic Policy Council, said the administration plans to include federal workers in the new policy.

“The White House is fully in compliance with the applicable laws and regulations now,” Muñoz said. “So we’ll be doing what other employers will do, which is to review our practices to make sure we’re in compliance with this rule” if it becomes final.

If the rule is implemented, the Office of Personnel Management would be expected to update its policies, as well, to stay in line with current labor regulations.

The American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) agrees, saying in a statement that the threshold increase is long overdue. While the government is not under a strict requirement to follow rules for the commercial sector, “We expect, and certainly will urge, OPM to enact a similar regulation for federal employees,” an AFGE official said.

 

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