April 23, 2024

Overtime Pay Fairness Advocate, Rep. Takano, Applauds Labor Department’s Overtime Rule

Takano Also Urges Passage of Legislation to Further Strengthen Overtime Pay

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Mark Takano (CA-39), who has led a number ofCongressional efforts to make sure workers are paid their fair share for the overtime they work, released the following statement applauding the Biden Administration and U.S. Department of Labor’s new overtime rulethat will expand overtime pay to 3.6 million workers:

For far too long, workers have been working more for less. I’m proud that President Biden and Acting Labor Secretary Su have taken a serious step towards redressing this injustice with the Labor Department’s new overtime rule that increases the overtime threshold to the 35th percentile of the lowest-earning Census region.

This is a victory for workers, but too many will still be working 50- and 60-hour weeks without getting the overtime pay they deserve. That is why I stronglyurge Congress to take upmy Restoring Overtime Pay Act, which would raise the overtime thresholdto the 55th percentile of earnings.

Background on Rep. Takano’s Fight for Overtime Fairness:

  • Author of the Restoring Overtime Pay Act,which strengthens overtime protections by increasing the overtime threshold to the 55th percentile of earnings of full-timed salaried workers nationally. The salary threshold could increase to roughly $82,700 by 2027. The bill further requires annual automatic updates to ensure the level remains in line with the changes in our economy.

  • Co-led letters in 2021 and 2023

  • Former teacher and Senior Member of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce.