Obama's OT Expansion Could Hit Restaurants, Retailers Hard

Law360, New York (March 12, 2014, 7:54 PM EDT) -- The Obama administration's anticipated efforts to change U.S. Department of Labor regulations to extend overtime pay rules to millions of workers currently considered exempt will face a groundswell of opposition from employers, management-side lawyers say, calling the potential changes an “ambush” and warning that they could be devastating for some restaurants and retailers.

On Thursday, President Barack Obama will direct the Department of Labor — which has the authority to define the exceptions to federal overtime requirements through regulation — to strengthen overtime pay protections, a White...
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