08.31.17

Rep. Takano Reacts to Texas Court Decision on Overtime Rule

Washington, D.C. – Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.), Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Workforce Protections, released the following statement after a Texas federal judge invalidated the Obama Administration’s updated overtime rule, which would extend overtime protections to millions of middle-class workers.

“I strongly disagree with the court’s ruling and believe the Department of Labor under President Obama and Secretary Perez was well within its authority to provide the first meaningful update to the overtime rule in four decades. The updated salary threshold is entirely consistent with the intent of the Fair Labor Standards Act, which is to protect the ability of middle-class workers to be paid fairly for the hours they work.    

“If the Trump administration is at all concerned with keeping its promise to working families, then Secretary Acosta must appeal this decision and fight for the millions of workers who continue to be denied overtime pay or time with their families. 

“The rules of the economy are rigged against the average worker. This ruling defends an unacceptable status quo and uses deeply flawed reasoning to misconstrue the true intent of the Fair Labor Standards Act.”

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