Official: Obama to push for more overtime pay

President Barack Obama speaks to members of the National Governors Association in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, Monday, Feb. 24, 2014. Stymied by a divided Congress, the president appealed for help from the nation's governors Monday as he seeks to advance economic policies that stand little chance of winning passage on Capitol Hill. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
President Barack Obama speaks to members of the National Governors Association in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, Monday, Feb. 24, 2014. Stymied by a divided Congress, the president appealed for help from the nation's governors Monday as he seeks to advance economic policies that stand little chance of winning passage on Capitol Hill. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

WASHINGTON (AP) — A White House official says President Barack Obama will direct the Labor Department to strengthen overtime pay protections for millions of workers.

The directive is meant to help salaried workers, such as fast-food shift supervisors or convenience store managers, who may be expected to work more than 40 hours a week without receiving overtime pay.

For example, the Labor Department could raise the pay threshold for workers covered by overtime rules. Currently, salaried workers who make more than $455 per week are exempt from overtime.

It’s the latest move in Obama’s self-described “year of action,” a series of economy-focused executive decisions that don’t require congressional approval.

The White House official spoke on condition of anonymity because the official was not authorized to discuss the directive on the record before the president’s announcement, expected Thursday.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

blog comments powered by Disqus