LANSING—The Michigan League for Public Policy issued the following statement on today’s federal rule change expanding the eligibility for overtime of salaried works. The League wrote a blog on this issue when it was announced last summer: Overtime rules just got better. The League also compiles a report entitled Making Ends Meet that lists the salaries that different workers need to make ends meet by county, and also provides a calculator. The statement may be attributed to League President and CEO Gilda Z. Jacobs.
“Our focus at the Michigan League for Public Policy is to ensure economic security and well-being for all, and this important change to overtime rules at the federal level will do just that. Right now, low-wage salaried workers who are only earning a few thousand dollars more than the poverty level are ineligible for overtime. At the same time, many lower-paying industries like food service and retail are often the same ones where workers’ weekly hours regularly exceed 40. For too many workers in too many fields, working more than 40 hours a week has become the expectation, not the exception, and with no additional pay. People work to make a living, but too many people with full-time jobs are still struggling to get by. This rule change will improve worker pay and enable more people to better support their families, reducing the number of working people who are still depending on government assistance to get by.
“For 2014, we calculated that a single parent in Michigan with two kids needs to earn a salary of $44,164 to make ends meet and cover their food, housing, healthcare, child care, transportation and other costs. In Michigan, households with two working parents and two small children have to collectively earn over $52,000 annually. The more than 100,000 Michigan workers who would be affected by this overtime change are the people who are working but still barely getting by. I am glad to see President Obama take this action.”
The Michigan League for Public Policy, www.mlpp.org, is a nonprofit policy institute focused on economic opportunity for all. It is the only state-level organization that addresses poverty in a comprehensive way.