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  • Small Businesses Worry About Adjusting for Overtime Rules

    05/20/2016 11:47:20 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 9 replies
    New York Times ^ | May 18, 2016 | SARAH MAX
    With a broad new class of workers becoming eligible for overtime, many small businesses are scrambling to figure out how to factor the regulations into their bottom line. The Obama administration on Wednesday announced the final details of new labor rules to increase the salary cutoff for overtime pay. Although the plan was outlined a year ago and employers have several months to comply, many say the change will be a challenge to small businesses that pride themselves on a scrappy, entrepreneurial culture. “We are pretty flexible,” said Kelli Glasser, who is president and chief executive of Exhibit Concepts, a...
  • Obama’s Overtime Rule Tried at IBM, and It Didn’t Work

    05/19/2016 8:35:10 PM PDT · by Nachum · 31 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | 5/19/16 | James Sherk
    Juggling work and family life is hard. On Wednesday the Labor Department made it even harder for millions of salaried workers. The administration’s new overtime regulations will effectively turn them into hourly employees. The regulation won’t increase their earnings, but it will greatly reduce their control over their schedules. The Fair Labor Standards Act requires employers to pay hourly workers overtime for working over 40 hours a week. But the Fair Labor Standards Act regulations exempt many salaried employees. This makes sense: Salaried employees get paid to do a particular job, not work particular hours. They also generally have more...
  • Overtime Extension Bad for Workers

    05/19/2016 7:18:57 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 29 replies ^ | May 19, 2016 | Staff
    This piece was authored by Townhall intern Catherine Dunn. Coming this December, 4.2 million additional workers will be entitled to overtime benefits. The Obama Administration has pushed the change with great enthusiasm. The Department of Labor’s video, “OVERTIME: It’s About Time” is indicative of the administration’s tone regarding the issue: over cheerful music, Secretary Thomas Perez paints a picture of the new regulation saving millions of workers from exploitation, of the regulation as a wholly positive change that’s long overdue. But it’s not that simple. In a recent study commissioned by the National Retail Federation, the research firm Oxford Economics...
  • New Overtime Rule Causes Triple Damage to Economy

    05/19/2016 5:47:06 AM PDT · by expat_panama · 67 replies
    e21 ^ | May 18, 2016 | Diana Furchtgott-Roth
    Most bad policies harm the economy in one identifiable way. But the Labor Department’s new overtime rule, released on May 18, harms the economy and the American worker in three different ways. The new rule requires employers to pay white collar workers overtime if they earn less than $47,476 annually, instead of less than $23,660, the case at present. (Manual workers generally have to be paid overtime at all earnings levels.) The effect will be (1) to raise costs to employers, discouraging employment; (2) to prohibit flexible time for employees; and (3) to stunt American productivity and economic growth. Consider...
  • Obama extends overtime pay to millions

    05/17/2016 5:18:40 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 32 replies
    The Hill ^ | May 17, 2016 | Lydia Wheeler
    The Obama administration late Tuesday unveiled a final rule extending overtime pay to millions of workers. The regulation makes anyone earning up to $47,476 a year, or roughly $913 a week, eligible for overtime pay. The rule is one of the most significant regulatory initiatives of President Obama’s second term, and has drawn fierce opposition from industry groups. With the Republican Congress standing firm against a minimum wage increase and other economic proposals from Democrats, the president has exerted the power of the executive branch to try and burnish his legacy. In a concession to business groups, the administration reduced...
  • Obama Administration Set to Extend Overtime Pay to Millions

    05/17/2016 2:36:58 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 28 replies
    WSJ ^ | 05/17/2016 | Melanie Trottman and Eric Morath
    Millions more Americans will qualify for overtime pay under a final Labor Department regulation expected out Wednesday, in what could be President Barack Obama’s last big push to try to shore up workers’ wages. The rule will increase the annual salary threshold that generally determines who qualifies for overtime pay when they log more than 40 hours a week. It will have a sweeping effect on workers, employers and industries, including large and small retailers, the fast-food industry, universities and nonprofits. Analysts and industry groups expect the threshold will be doubled to about $47,000 from $23,660—a level last updated in...
  • Department of Labor Set to Change Overtime Exemption Regulations under the FLSA

    On July 6th, the Department of Labor (“DOL”) issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking with the potential to affect an untold number of employers. The proposed rule, published in the Federal Register at 80 FR 38515, drastically changes the DOL’s interpretation of the Fair Labor Standards Act with respect to overtime exemptions. The current rule, put in place in 2004, exempts employees with salaries of at least $455 a week ($23,660 a year) and who perform executive, administrative, professional, outside sales and computer duties from overtime regulations. In a Presidential Memorandum in March of 2014, President Obama directed the DOL...
  • 2 years after a Wall Street intern suddenly died, bank rookies are still putting in insane hours

    07/23/2015 8:30:02 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 07/23/2015 | Portia Crowe
    Back in June a bright, young, soon-to-be Deutsche Bank intern prepared for his first summer on Wall Street. He told us he knew what he was getting into: "Terrible hours." He was right. On this 21-year-old's very first day, he was staffed on a project at 8 p.m. and ended up working until 2:30 a.m. His hours have let up somewhat since, but he rarely leaves before 10:30 p.m. or 11:30 p.m. On weekends, if he's not working and can meet a friend for lunch, he'll choose a table near an open window because the fresh air is such a...
  • How Obama’s New Overtime Regulations Will Make It Harder for Americans to Balance Work and Family

    07/01/2015 6:40:55 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    National Review ^ | 07/01/2015 | James Sherk
    Should salaried employees have to log their hours? President Obama thinks so. He just proposed regulations requiring salaried employees making less than $50,000 a year to track their work time. Most news coverage has not highlighted this aspect of the new overtime regulations. Unfortunately, they will reduce salaried workers’ flexibility — without raising pay. Federal law guarantees hourly workers overtime pay for working more than 40 hours a week. The regulations currently exempt many salaried employees. Executive, administrative, and professional employees frequently get paid for the work that is done, not the hours that are logged. These employees get a...
  • The Economic Illiteracy Of Obama's Overtime Rule

    06/30/2015 4:27:43 PM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 7 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 06/30/2015 | Staff
    Regulations: With the flick of his magic pen, President Obama will soon grant millions of workers overtime play. At least, that's the fantasy being peddled by the White House and regurgitated by a credulous press.
  • Investigation turns up massive fraud in Amtrak overtime reporting

    06/24/2015 5:47:23 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 21 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 06/24/15 | Dan Calabrese
    Forty hours in a single day? Some excellent reporting here by Diana Stancy of The Daily Signal. I realize that when we start talking about dollars in reference to a federal agency, it’s hard to know what’s excessive. Amtrak pays $200 million in a single year just for overtime? Is that a lot? In the context of a $3.7 trillion federal budget? Short answer: Yes. Amtrak’s entire personnel cost amounts to $1.2 billion, so you’re talking about one-sixth of that in overtime. But it’s when you really dig down into the reporting of hours that it becomes clear some of...
  • Ann Coulter Thinks Donald Trump Is GOP’s Best Bet, Maher Panel Erupts

    06/20/2015 4:30:30 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 59 replies
    Mediaite ^ | June 20, 2015 | Andrew Husband
    From immigration and the “Latino registration machine” to the GOP’s apparent inability to recognize the racial aspects of the Charleston church shooting, Real Time host Bill Maher had a field day with his panelists on Friday night’s show. Yet it’s the “Overtime” segment’s extra nuggets that made for some of the most WTF-worthy viewing, especially for this reaction from MSNBC’s Joy Reid: Of all the possible conversation topics, what could have triggered such a reaction from Reid? Oh nothing, really — just guest Ann Coulter‘s funny-but-serious answer to Maher’s question about “which Republican candidate has the best chance of winning...
  • Obama set to use sneaky administrative maneuver to force huge wage increase

    06/08/2015 10:51:53 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 14 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 06/08/15 | Dan Calabrese
    The overlord of overtime. Obama set to use sneaky administrative maneuver to force huge wage increaseHis cheerleaders at the worst web site in the world call it “the most ambitious government intervention on wages in a decade,” and since this is the Obama Administration we’re talking about, you surely won’t be surprised to know it’s happening without any involvement from Congress. Barack Obama isn’t going to get Congress to pass a statutory increase in the minimum wage, but he’s very skilled at finding ways to push executive authority to the legal limit - or beyond - to accomplish goals he...
  • Obama's Overtime Gambit

    03/23/2014 12:14:59 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies ^ | March 23, 2014 | Steve Chapman
    If you take an economics course, you may learn about the different events that can cause an increase in workers' pay. The demand for the product a worker makes may rise, causing the demand for workers to go up. The supply of workers may decline, causing employers to bid up wages to keep the ones they have. But there's one event the textbooks don't cover: The president of the United States gives you a raise. Many workers will get news to the effect that he has done just that. But it's not as simple as it sounds. Barack Obama thinks...
  • The Law That Lets Obama Demagogue Overtime Pay And Puts The Squeeze On Oregon Berry Farmers

    03/18/2014 9:20:53 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 5 replies
    Forbes ^ | March 18, 2014 | George Leef
    The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) was passed in 1938, one of those statist measures that FDR and his allies said were necessary to combat the Depression. It is the law that puts federal politicians and especially bureaucrats in the Department of Labor in charge of key aspects of labor contracts, including the minimum wage and mandatory overtime pay. Lately, the FLSA has gotten itself into the news. Obama insists on raising the minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10 per hour, but that’s rather old news. Last week, he declared that the Labor Department would revise the rules on overtime...
  • Business groups stunned as Obama moves to hike overtime pay

    03/13/2014 12:17:49 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    The Hill ^ | 03/13/2014 | Benjamin Goad
    Business groups and congressional Republicans are blasting regulations President Obama will announce Thursday that could extend overtime pay to as many as 10 million workers who are now ineligible for it. While liberals lauded the plan as putting more cash in the pockets of millions of workers, business groups warned it would damage the economy and Republicans said it was another example of executive overreach. Trade associations already battling the White House over a proposal to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour said they were blindsided by the announcement. “This came as a shot out of the blue,”...
  • Obama Overtime Directive Sure To Undermine Employment

    03/12/2014 4:38:18 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 21 replies ^ | March 12, 2014 | IBD Editorial
    Imperial Presidency: The White House says it will constrain companies from deciding which workers are white-collar enough not to punch a time card for overtime. We need more jobs, not more job-killing regulation. 'America does not stand still, and neither will I" is how President Obama defends playing God with the law, instead of acting as a constitutionally constrained chief executive. His rationale is that "wherever and whenever I can take steps without legislation to expand opportunity for more American families, that's what I'm going to do." From scrapping ObamaCare's mandates to disguising his health takeover's failure, to hiking the...
  • Obama to force businesses to pay more employees overtime

    03/12/2014 3:08:29 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Hotair ^ | 03/12/2014 | AllahPundit
    Unlike his various “fixes” for ObamaCare, there actually is some statutory basis for this move. In both cases, though, he’s following the same rule: Even if the policy isn’t good, the politics are, and that makes it worth doing.It’s a logical corollary to his push to raise the minimum wage. If, in the name of fairness and income equality, we can tell businesses how much to pay their lowest-ranking employees, we should also tell them how much to pay their middle managers, no? Under current federal regulations, workers who are deemed executive, administrative or professional employees can be denied overtime...
  • Obama to order expansion of overtime pay for millions of workers

    03/12/2014 5:19:04 AM PDT · by driftdiver · 80 replies
    Foxnews ^ | March 12, 2014 | Foxnews
    Feb. 12. 2014: President Obama, surrounded by workers, signs an executive order to raise the minimum wage for federal contract workers.AP President Obama, flexing his executive authority once again, plans to order the Labor Department to expand overtime pay requirements to include millions more workers -- in a move likely to rankle the business community. The president plans to make the announcement on Thursday at the White House, a senior administration official confirmed to Fox News. Though the administration has claimed previous executive actions had bipartisan support, officials are acknowledging that this particular move will anger business groups and congressional...
  • Calif. law will require OT for domestic workers

    09/26/2013 7:42:24 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 27 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | September 26, 2013 | By LAURA OLSON
    Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday signed a bill that will temporarily require overtime pay for domestic workers in California, after he vetoed a broader measure last year that critics said would have opened the door for government regulation of part-time baby-sitting. "Domestic workers are primarily women of color, many of them immigrants, and their work has not been respected in the past," the bill's author, Democratic Assemblyman Tom Ammiano of San Francisco, said in a statement. "Now, they will be entitled to overtime, like just about every other California working person."
  • Bank of America intern dies after reportedly working 3 straight days

    08/20/2013 5:28:47 PM PDT · by Dallas59 · 56 replies
    CNBC ^ | 8/20/2013 | CNBC
    A 21-year-old intern who worked grueling hours at Bank of America's London office died just a week before his internship was to conclude. Moritz Erhardt, who studied at the WHU-Otto Beisheim School of Management in Vallendar, Germany, reportedly had worked until 6 a.m. for three days straight and was found dead in his flat.
  • Officials: Light Rail Maintenance Shop Under Investigation(MPLS)

    04/18/2013 4:41:28 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 2 replies
    kstp ^ | 4-17-13 | jay kolls
    Metro Transit officials confirm there is a major investigation underway at its light rail Hiawatha maintenance shop. 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS has learned the investigation started in December and is still in progress. Metro Transit says it does involve staff at the maintenance facility, but would not specify which employees were under investigation. Sources tell 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS it does involve managers as well as hourly employees. Those same sources say part of the allegations that lead to the investigation include the exchange of pills and firearms for coveted overtime shifts at the maintenance facility.
  • Capitol janitors making ‘ends meet’ with overtime? Nope

    03/06/2013 7:48:24 AM PST · by Nachum · 11 replies
    wapo ^ | 3/613 | Glenn Kessler
    “You know, those Capitol janitors will not get as much overtime. I’m sure they think less pay, that they’re taking home, does hurt.” — Gene Sperling, director of the White House economic council, on ABC News’ “This Week,” March 3, 2013 “On the issue of the janitors, if you work for an hourly wage and you earn overtime, and you depend on that overtime to make ends meet, it is simply a fact that a reduction in overtime is a reduction in your pay.” — White House spokesman Jay Carney, news briefing, March 4 At a news conference last Friday,...
  • Public pension 'spiking': No one's monitoring overtime spiking in Minnesota

    12/09/2012 6:23:51 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 4 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 12-9-12 | MaryJo Webster and Christopher Magan
    It's unknown how many public employees are spiking their pensions by working huge amounts of overtime. The problem is that no one is watching. And that lack of oversight means it is also unclear whether there's any financial impact on Minnesota's public pension funds. Some experts say it's become a pervasive problem nationally, at least among public workers who have the ability to work overtime in their final years before retirement. "It angers those who are playing by the rules," said Ed Siedle, a Florida-based lawyer who has been dubbed the "pension detective" for his work uncovering abuse and fraud....
  • Most Orlandfirefighters made more than $100,000 (ILLINOIS)

    07/20/2011 8:15:19 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 9 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | July 20, 2011 | Andy Grimm and Steve Schmadeke,
    Most Orland firefighters made more than $100,000 in 2010 Overtime added nearly $2 million to $21 million payroll By Andy Grimm and Steve Schmadeke, Tribune reporters July 20, 2011 The leaders of the Orland Fire Protection District say they're the best fire department in the state. At a minimum, they are probably among the best-paid, figures released Tuesday show. Of the 108 firefighters, lieutenants and engineers on the southwest suburban department's payroll last year, 79 were paid more than $100,000, according to salary data provided by new fire district board President James Hickey. Those paychecks were pumped up by overtime...
  • $159K bus driver no longer tops the list of highest earners in Madison city government

    06/07/2011 6:19:39 AM PDT · by WOBBLY BOB · 7 replies
    Madison's highest paid employee no longer drives a bus - not even close. Only one Metro Transit driver used overtime and other extra earnings to make more than $100,000 in 2010, down from seven six-figure-salary operators the previous year, a Wisconsin State Journal analysis of city records shows. In fact, after Metro added more drivers and spread overtime work, operators dropped from the city's 25 top earners last year. "We need to be true to our mission - safety, reliability and cost-effective service," Kamp said. "I think we're on a sustainable course." Bus driver John E. Nelson made $113,973 to...
  • Swedes working overtime at record levels

    03/20/2011 4:43:49 PM PDT · by WesternCulture · 36 replies · 1+ views ^ | 03/18/2011 | TT/The Local/dl
    Employees at the Volkswagen plants in Germany only have to work 28.8 hours a week (altough many of them agree to work overtime). Over here in Sweden, assembly line workers in the car industry seldom enjoy a whole weekend off. Working 60-70 hours a week and trying to run a family at the same time is very common in my part of the World. In this regard, Swedish work conditions are almost at an 19th century level. The article: "As the economy continues to heat up, Swedes are working more overtime than ever before, with extra hours clocked in some...
  • Madison Law enforcement costs through February: $4 million to $5 million

    03/03/2011 7:38:39 AM PST · by chickadee · 13 replies
    JS Online ^ | 3/2/2011 | Don Walker
    Madison -- Administration Secretary Michael Huebsch estimated Wednesday that law enforcement costs to provide security at the State Capitol through February would likely total $4 million to $5 million.
  • Cemex (huge Mexican cement company) will pay back overtime

    12/31/2010 6:57:36 AM PST · by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin · 9 replies
    The Houston Chronicle ^ | 31 December 2010 | Jenalia Moreno
    <p>Cemex (stock symbol CX on NYSE) agreed to pay $1.5 million in overtime back wages to 1,705 current and former ready-mix drivers in eight states, including Texas, the U.S. Department of Labor said Thursday.</p> <p>The department began an investigation in Tampa, Fla., where it found drivers paid by the truck load were not compensated for overtime between Sept. 11, 2006, and Sept. 11, 2008.</p>
  • South Korea Works Overtime To Tackle Vacation Shortage (Leads World in Refusing to Take Vacations)

    03/06/2010 1:11:33 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies · 587+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 03/02/2010 | Evan Ramstad and Jaeyeon Woo
    SEOUL—The government here is cracking down on vacations: Workers, it seems, aren't taking enough of them. South Koreans were told for decades to sacrifice everything to build the country's economy. Now South Koreans are world-champion workaholics, according to the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development, logging more hours a year on the job than people in any other developed country. The government is trying to change that. The ministry in charge of government personnel issued a directive in January requiring the country's one million state workers to submit to their bosses a plan to take 16 days off this year....
  • NFL Ponders Changing Overtime Rules. Kind of.

    03/01/2010 2:56:23 PM PST · by Perdogg · 44 replies · 2,107+ views
    Fanway ^ | 03.01.10
    Not a fan of the current NFL overtime rules? Think that too much emphasis is placed on the coin toss? Does overtime put the onus on the kicker? Does the NFL completely suck while college football is the “best thing ever?” Then you may just be in luck as the National Football League is pondering changes to their current overtime structure
  • Minnesota Guard's Red Bull soldiers shorted $10 million in OT (UPDATE)

    02/03/2010 6:16:35 PM PST · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 15 replies · 596+ views ^ | 2/3/10 | Kevin Diaz
    More than 2,500 Minnesota National Guard soldiers who are owed a total of $10 million in overtime pay for their deployment in Iraq three years ago are still being told that the check's in the mail. Now members of the Minnesota congressional delegation are pressing the Pentagon to make good on the long-overdue checks to the state's famed 34th ("Red Bull") Infantry Division, which served in Iraq longer than any other U.S. military unit. Confronting Defense Secretary Robert Gates in an Armed Services Committee hearing Wednesday, Rep. John Kline, R-Minn., thundered: "My question is when can these soldiers expect to...
  • Spread the Work

    10/05/2009 1:37:19 PM PDT · by arthurus · 3 replies · 218+ views ^ | 1979 | Henry Hazlitt
    But there are other schemes for “spreading the work,” often put forward by union spokesmen and legislators. The most frequent of these is the proposal to shorten the working week, usually by law. The belief that it would “spread the work” and “give more jobs” was one of the main reasons behind the inclusion of the penaltyovertime provision in the existing Federal Wage-Hour Law. The previous legislation in the states, forbidding the employment of women or minors for more, say, than forty-eight hours a week, was based on the conviction that longer hours were injurious to health and morale. Some...
  • [Colorado State] Troopers Have Yet To Be Paid For DNC Overtime

    12/02/2008 7:18:17 AM PST · by Oyarsa · 20 replies · 783+ views
    CBS 4 Denver ^ | 12/01/08 | Rick Sallinger
    Dec 1, 2008 7:34 pm US/Mountain Troopers Have Yet To Be Paid For DNC Overtime DENVER (CBS4) ― Colorado state troopers say it's been more than three months since the Democratic National Convention and they have yet to get compensated for their overtime. The economy is bad and the holiday season is here and the extra money or time off that some troopers counted on has yet to be approved. There seem to be a lot of factors of work in the hold up, including an extraordinary event, troopers were used from around the state, and asking federal government to...
  • French tax-free overtime gets mixed response

    10/16/2007 10:59:04 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 96+ views
    The Financial Times ^ | 10/17/07 | Pan Kwan Yuk
    Delpeyrat is the kind of company French president Nicolas Sarkozy believed he would give a boost to when he introduced a measure on tax-free overtime pay earlier this month. As one of France’s leading foie gras producers, every October Delpeyrat has the arduous task of recruiting the same 260 seasonal workers needed to ensure that production at its factory in south-west France keeps up with the flood of pre-Christmas orders. The job is easier said than done. With students back at university during autumn and a local population of just 7,500 people – 32,000 if you count the surrounding satellite...
  • Laborers Sue For Overtime Pay-Immigrants Accuse Firm of Fraud[Illegals]{Maryland}

    02/27/2007 6:29:21 PM PST · by FLOutdoorsman · 8 replies · 455+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | 27 Feb 2007 | Ruben Castaneda
    A federal lawsuit filed in Greenbelt alleges that a Maryland company that paints luxury condominiums in the District defrauded Latino immigrant workers who routinely worked 60 hours or more a week by failing to pay them overtime. The company, SCCP Painting Contractors Inc., also allegedly did not pay the four plaintiffs named in the suit for their final two weeks of work. One of the workers, Ivan Aplicano, 34, of Gaithersburg said in an interview yesterday that he worked 113 hours during his last two weeks with the company. Its refusal to pay him after he was fired in April...
  • HPD officer charged in traffic ticket sting

    01/21/2007 12:22:55 PM PST · by eastforker · 15 replies · 481+ views
    houston chronicle ^ | Jan. 20, 2007, 3:11PM | MATT STILES
    A veteran Houston police officer has been relieved of duty and charged with felony bribery after investigators say he took cash in exchange for not issuing a traffic citation, department officials said today. Police allege that senior officer Alfred Alaniz, an accident investigator who joined the force in 1986, took an unspecified amount of money in an undercover sting.
  • They were paid how much?

    11/02/2006 11:08:19 AM PST · by libertylovinactivist · 34 replies · 1,101+ views
    Here's an example of the overtime orgy, as outlined by Triantaphilides in his report to the City Council and the retirement board on Tuesday: In 2005, a police corporal was paid a base salary of $70,429 and earned a stunning $78,231 for 1,630 hours of overtime, bringing total compensation to $148,660.
  • CHP sped use of overtime pay (California Highway Patrol)

    07/14/2006 7:38:03 PM PDT · by calcowgirl · 3 replies · 648+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | July 14, 2006 | John Hill
    As the state's fiscal year came to a close, the California Highway Patrol sped up its use of budgeted overtime pay in May and June, with at least one CHP division urging its workers to rack up extra hours. The Valley Division's officers "did an excellent job of using up overtime, spending nearly $943,000 since May 14," according to a June 14 e-mail obtained by The Bee. "Now we are counting on non-uniformed employees to make a dent." The division's commander, Stan Pérez, "has granted approval for every non-uniformed employee under Valley Division to use as much overtime as they...
  • City (of Los Angeles) still ablaze with OT

    04/23/2006 10:17:49 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 11 replies · 531+ views
    LA Daily News ^ | 4.23.06 | Beth Barrett
    Despite two years of trying to trim lucrative overtime pay for city firefighters, more than a dozen pulled in $100,000, or more, in OT last year, a Daily News analysis shows. Fifteen of the 17 firefighters earned more in overtime pay than their base salaries, and two made more than $175,000 in OT that bumped their gross pay to more than $268,000 - about $5,000 more than their boss, Chief William Bamattre. With base pay, OT and other pay and bonuses, firefighters and their bosses accounted for nearly two-thirds of the 100 city workers who earned more than $200,000 last...
  • Calling in sick..

    02/06/2006 11:06:48 AM PST · by sully777 · 59 replies · 1,576+ views
    Reuters ^ | Mon Feb 6, 2006 10:20 AM ET
    LONDON (Reuters) - More British workers will call in "sick" Monday than on any other day in 2006, many opting to make their excuses by text message or by phoning in with an artistic cough or splutter, research revealed Monday. Widespread dissatisfaction with holiday allowances combined with a post-Christmas comedown will contribute to thousands of Britons, who work some of the longest hours in Europe, staying at home to recharge their batteries. "Early February is a very popular time for taking a 'sickie', the first bank holiday still seems a long way off, the days are gloomy and many people...
  • MBTA tackles rampant absences

    01/21/2006 11:16:30 AM PST · by george76 · 15 replies · 709+ views
    Globe Newspaper Company ^ | January 21, 2006 | Mac Daniel
    MBTA officials say rampant absenteeism is hurting bus and subway service, discouraging riders, and eating away at the agency's finances by forcing it to pay overtime. ...about 35 percent of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority's roughly 6,000 employees were absent for 11 or more days in 2004, and 16 percent were absent 26 or more days. Khalida Smalls, coordinator for the watchdog group called the T Riders Union, said yesterday that excessive absenteeism directly affects passengers. ''People stand at their bus stop at 4:45 waiting for a bus that doesn't show up," ...
  • Contra Costa's expenses for overtime up $1 million

    11/11/2005 10:24:32 AM PST · by SmithL · 4 replies · 203+ views
    Contra Costa Times ^ | 11/11/5 | Rebecca Rosen Lum
    Last year, Contra Costa County paid more than $24.3 million in overtime, nearly a million dollars more than the year before. As one of a diminishing number of counties that still runs a fire department and a hospital, Contra Costa can expect to continue hemorrhaging overtime dollars, one expert says. Kern, Los Angeles and Ventura counties also maintain a hospital and fire department -- which, like law enforcement, compel overtime to see that shifts are covered. Unions say counties would rather pay employees overtime than hire more staff members, because then they would have to pay for health care and...
  • Overworked no more - National group working hard to give Americans a break

    10/22/2005 8:07:54 AM PDT · by Reeses · 18 replies · 366+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | Saturday, October 22, 2005 | Teresa Castle
    ... A survey by the Families and Work Institute in New York found that 1 in 3 Americans feels chronically overworked, and a study by the American Sleep Institute found that 50 percent of Americans would be willing to work fewer hours for less pay. As companies across the nation feverishly downsize and restructure to improve their bottom lines, overtime hours have crept up and now average four to five hours a week, 25 percent more than a decade ago, says Lonnie Golden, an overtime expert at Pennsylvania State University. A lot of that is forced overtime, and 50- or...
  • Aviation Related News Clippings...

    06/03/2005 8:53:00 AM PDT · by MoodyBlu · 6 replies · 487+ views
    Various | 06/03/2005 | Various
    6/03/05 Daily News Clippings New York Times "FAA Says Controllers Abuse Overtime" Washington Post "FAA Faults Air Traffic Controllers; N.Y. Workers Accused of Abusing Overtime and Sick Leave" Associated Press State & Local Wire "FAA, after studying NY facility, disputes claims of threats to air safety made by traffic controllers union" Newsday (New York) "Report says air safety threatened" ABC-7 (New York) "Air Traffic Controllers Under Fire" Aviation Daily "FAA Finds Controller Overtime Abuse in NY, No Staff Shortage" Air Transport World "FAA blasts controller union over 'inefficient and wasteful practices'" PR Newswire (FAA Release) "FAA Investigation Into New York...
  • Vanity-Did Bush Cut First Responders Overtime Pay? Need An Update

    05/10/2005 11:38:37 AM PDT · by My Favorite Headache · 9 replies · 597+ views
    U.S. Government | 5-10-05 | my favorite headache
    I have been trying to do some research on whether or not the cuts went into effect for first responders i.e. fire fighters, paramedics, police etc...that was supposed to be passed through the Senate late last year. All I seem to find is articles from 2004 about overtime cuts for different industries like retail and other industries. Can some Freepers point me to some good articles explaining Bush's position on this and if he truly proposed the cuts in their funding? I have never been 100 percent clear on this and I don't want to stick my foot in my...
  • Kerry-Edwards Plan for Law Enforcement: On January 21, 2005, Weaken Your Right to Overtime

    10/19/2004 3:31:40 PM PDT · by FreeperinRATcage · 2 replies · 370+ views
    Fraternal Order of Police ^ | 10/15/04 | FOP Press Release
    Today National President Chuck Canterbury said that vice presidential candidate John Edwards' promise to overturn the new Federal overtime regulations revealed either a fundamental misunderstanding of their positive impact on public safety employees, or an early assurance of the political payback his trial lawyer colleagues can expect to receive in a Kerry-Edwards Administration. Speaking in Sioux City, Iowa, on Thursday, Edwards stated that "the first day John Kerry is sworn into office, we're going to reverse the overtime rule." "It's good to know in October that if elected they are not going to waste any time in dismantling the historic...
  • Protestors Ransack Bush/Cheney Headquarters In Orlando

    10/05/2004 7:25:14 PM PDT · by litany_of_lies · 59 replies · 3,915+ views
    Local 6 News Orlando, FL ^ | October 5, 2004 (9:10 pm latest update) | Local 6 News
    Protestors Ransack Bush/Cheney Headquarters In Orlando 2 People Receive Minor Injuries During Protest POSTED: 6:05 pm EDT October 5, 2004 UPDATED: 9:10 pm EDT October 5, 2004 ORLANDO, Fla. -- A group of protestors stormed and then ransacked a Bush-Cheney headquarters building in Orlando, Fla., Tuesday, according to Local 6 News. Protestors Storm, Ransack Bush-Cheney Headquarters In Orlando Download RealPlayer Local 6 News reported that several people from the group of 100 Orlando protestors face possible assault charges after the group forced their way inside the Republican headquarters office. While in the building, some of the protestors drew horns and...
  • Louisville Firefighter Overtime pay calculated incorrectly, judge rules

    09/15/2004 12:47:20 PM PDT · by BradJ · 2 replies · 360+ views
    Courier Journal ^ | 9/15/04 | Joseph Gerth
    The Louisville metro government owes millions of dollars in overtime to firefighters after a Jefferson circuit judge ruled that officials for years calculated the pay incorrectly. Jefferson Circuit Judge Lisabeth Hughes Abramson has sided with firefighters who sued the old city of Louisville for failing to calculate their overtime based on their total salaries, rather than their base pay. The exact amount of back pay owed still is being determined. (snip) If the court agrees, Oldfather estimated the metro government would owe $10 million to $35 million to some 700 current and former firefighters. Herb Segal, who represents the Louisville...
  • House Votes To Block Overtime Rules

    09/09/2004 2:41:09 PM PDT · by technomage · 6 replies · 406+ views
    AP | 9/9/2004 | Jim Abrams
    House Votes to Block New Overtime Rules JIM ABRAMS In a sharp rebuke of a new administration policy, the House moved Thursday to block the Labor Department from carrying out overtime rules that critics argued could deprive millions of workers of their overtime pay. The 223-193 vote in favor of blocking the new overtime rules defied the White House, which has threatened to veto a massive spending bill now on the House floor if it contains any language tampering with the rules that took effect Aug. 23. Democrats, united against the rules, were joined by some 20 Republicans in voting...