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For overtime rules, one size does not fit all

Mineral County, Nev. Commission Board Chair Jerrie Tipton testifies before the House Subcommittee on Small Business June 23 at a hearing concerning  the impact of the Department of Labor’s revised overtime rule. Also pictured (l-r): Christine Walters, representing the Society of Human Resource Managers; Albert Macre, National Federation of Independent Businesses; Tipton; and Adam Robinson, Job Creators Network. Photo by Alix Kashdan

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Overtime pay rules overhaul ignores local labor markets

Jerrie Tipton, chair of the Mineral County, Nev. Board of Commissioners, testified June 23 before the U.S. House Subcommittee on Small Business on the constraints created for counties by the Department of Labor’s new rule on overtime pay. The rule, which doubles the threshold under which white- collar employees are eligible for overtime pay to $47,476, will hurt Mineral County’s (population 4,478) ability to budget and provide services to its residents, Tipton said.

“The new rule would make 13 to 17 of our 102 full-time county employees eligible for overtime pay — an additional cost of up to $45,000 a year,” Tipton said. “This might not seem like a lot, but it poses quite a financial challenge since counties are limited in our ability to generate local revenue.”

Tipton also emphasized that, while varying widely, counties are major public sector employers whose workforce provides essential services to more than 300 million residents and should be partners with the federal government in creating labor policy that makes sense.

Unfortunately, the new overtime rule does not adequately address the substantial variations in local labor markets in counties across the country, she said, and will have broad consequences for counties and taxpayers, both direct and indirect, beyond those anticipated in human resource and workforce management.

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