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Thomas Edward Perez

Balancing Act: Proposed new overtime rules may disrupt work patterns

When my sister was a department manager for a retailer, she worked horribly long hours for a meager paycheck and received no overtime. Some weeks, we barely saw her and joked that when she calculated her per-hour fee, she actually was earning less than the sales people. There are lots of women and men in jobs like the one she held, trying to support families and putting in the long hours that are expected of people in salaried positions. Now, changes are in the works that could help more American workers get paid for some of the extra time they put into their jobs, or at least reclaim their work/life balance. Those changes will come from proposed new overtime rules that force businesses...