WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) unveiled a new overtime policy to help middle-class families by ensuring Americans are paid fairly for their work. The new rule – which Brown has repeatedly called on the Administration to put in place – will extend overtime pay to 4.2 million Americans, including 134,000 Ohioans, who are working long hours without fair pay. Brown will join Vice President Joe Biden and Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez in Columbus this afternoon to formally announce the rule.

“Our middle class is our nation’s greatest strength, and the way we build and support that middle class is by making hard work pay off,” Brown said. “That’s why I’m proud that the administration is announcing a new overtime rule to raise the salary threshold and grant overtime pay to millions of American workers. It’s past time for overtime hours to mean overtime pay again, and that’s what this rule will do. This is a win for Ohio workers, and a win for hardworking families across the country who are trying to keep a foothold in the middle class.”

Currently, only people who earn $455 or less per week or $23,660 annually – roughly 11 percent of salaried workers – qualify for overtime pay when working over 40 hours. Under the new rule, workers earning $47,476 annually would be eligible for overtime pay. Additionally, the salary threshold will be automatically revised every three years to ensure that workers receive the fair pay they have earned. The final rule will take effect on December 1, 2016.

Brown has led the effort to ensure that workers are paid what they deserve and has called on the Administration to finalize a rule that would expand overtime protections for more workers. A timeline of recent action is below.

  • Feb. 2016: Brown and more than 20 senators sent a letter to Sec. Perez urging him to move quickly to finalize the overtime pay proposal.
  • July 2015: Brown led a letter to President Obama in support of the Administration’s plan to expand the number of workers eligible for overtime pay and urged the Administration to finalize the rule without delay.
  • Jan. 2015: Brown joined a group of 25 senators in calling on President Obama to strengthen overtime protections for workers. The letter called on the White House to increase the overtime threshold for workers from $455 per week to $1,090 per week and index it to inflation.
  • June 2014: Brown cosponsored U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin’s (D-IA) Restoring Overtime Pay for Working Americans Act. This bill would have raised the overtime salary thresholds for executive, administrative, and professional workers and indexed them to inflation. 
  • April 2014: Brown and five other Senators wrote a letter to President Obama applauding his decision to strengthen overtime protections for American workers.