Democratic state lawmakers say they want to bring back guaranteed overtime protections that were supposed to be put into place two years ago but have been blocked by lawsuits in federal court.
In 2016, the Obama administration more than doubled the cap for mandatory overtime – which is set right now at just under $24,000. Rep. Brigid Kelly (D-Cincinnati) said though that rule has been halted at the federal level, states can force employers to pay OT. “Under our bill Ohio would move to the $47,476 threshold to help hard-working Ohioans and protect them from exploitation,” Kelly said.
Kelly said without this change, 351,000 Ohioans can be paid less than the poverty level for a family of four but work more than 50 hours a week without overtime.
Ohio was one of 21 states that sued to stop the mandatory OT rule, so this bill’s future with the Republican dominated legislature is uncertain.