From MSN, the new OT bill was passed. RN's you loose, LPN's win.
Overhaul redefines overtime pay rules
More lower-income workers are guaranteed overtime pay, but workers such as chefs, journalists and software engineers are not, and the ceiling on eligibility is set at $100,000 a year.
By MSN Money staff and news services
The Bush administration, under election-year pressure from both sides of the aisle, has announced the first major changes in decades to the federal rules governing overtime pay across the country.
While generally considered a slight victory for corporate interests, the revisions bring three major shifts: The number of different professions that are guaranteed overtime pay has shrunk; the income range of lower-pay employees who are guaranteed overtime wages has widened; and a new income cap now means that employees earning more than $100,000 won't be guaranteed overtime pay, which generally is awarded at time-and-a-half wages.
The rules also triple, to $23,660, the amount that white-collar workers can earn and be guaranteed overtime pay. That change alone, the administration said, would increase by 1.3 million the number of low-income employees guaranteed overtime protection. The $100,000 provision, meantime, is more permissive than earlier drafts of the rules, which called for removal of overtime eligibility at $65,000.
That said, there are both winners and losers in the changes, and both labor and corporate interests are bemoaning certain compromises.
Among the apparent winners: lower-wage retail and restaurant managers. Middle-income workers such as office workers, cooks, inspectors, paralegals, licensed practical nurses and technicians "will have their rights better protected," the Department of Labor said. In addition, the department said the rules specifically state that blue-collar workers, police officers, firefighters and other so-called first responders are entitled to overtime protection, which had earlier been a point of contention.
Who loses? Pharmacists, funeral directors, embalmers, journalists, financial services industry workers, insurance claims adjusters and human resource managers. All are specifically exempted from the rules. So are management consultants, executive and administrative assistants, dental hygienists, physician assistants, accountants, computer analysts, programmers and engineers, as are chefs, athletic trainers with degrees or specialized training, or any employee with a two-year degree.
"The devil is in the details, and we just got the details," said Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, who led Senate opposition to the earlier version of the proposed regulations.