August 13, 2015
By John Quinn, LaborPress DC Bureau
Washington DC – According to a research report released by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR) working women will greatly benefit from the newly proposed overtime changes. Some 36% of working women who were formerly exempt under the outdated overtime laws will be eligible now to receive overtime pay if they work longer than the standard 40-hour workweek. Salary increase for over 3.2 million women will result from regulatory changes.
“Working women deserve to be compensated for every hour they spend on the job. The updated overtime rule proposed by the Department of Labor will provide millions of women and their families with the financial security they’ve worked to achieve,” said AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Elizabeth Shuler.
The report revealed single mothers will benefit the most from the new overtime rules. Over 44% of single mothers who were formerly denied access to overtime will now receive extra income under the updated rule. The report’s analysis also shows that African American and Latino women will experience higher levels of coverage under the new overtime rule.