Tuesday, April 20, 2004

From today's Salon With an eye toward November's election, the Bush administration is revising its planned overhaul of the nation's overtime rules to reduce the paychecks of far fewer white-collar workers logging more than 40 hours a week. The plan, to be previewed Tuesday by Labor Secretary Elaine Chao, also would make more white-collar, lower-income workers newly eligible for overtime, said Republican officials, speaking on the condition of anonymity. Police, firefighters and emergency medical technicians are identified as jobs that will not lose overtime eligibility. Department spokesman Ed Frank did not return multiple messages seeking comment Monday. The changes come at a time when jobs and pocketbook issues are among the top concerns for voters. President Bush has improved his standing in polls on domestic issues, but questions linger about the strength of the labor market and his plan to create jobs.
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