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That didn’t take long: GOP seeks to overturn rules

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Two efforts are already underway in Congress to block the Department of Labor’s new rules raising the white-collar overtime salary threshold.

On May 19, the day after the new rules were announced, Rep. Tom Cole (R.–Okla.) said the House Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services and Education would begin exploring how to use the appropriations process to deny funding required to implement the new rules.

Legislation introduced by Sen. Lamar Alexander (R.–Tenn.) earlier this spring—the Protecting Workplace Advancement and Opportunity Act (S. 2707 and H.R. 4773)—would nullify the new rules and require the DOL to undertake a full analysis of overtime pay’s impact on the economy.

Business groups, including the Society for Human Resource Manage-ment, are lobbying hard for the bills’ passage. Neither measure stands much chance of surviving President Obama’s probable veto.

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