Updating child labor regulations 21st century
Workers’ compensation was originally designed to treat the rising number of severe workplace accidents that arose under Industrial Revolution work practices.But since the introduction of workers’ compensation, the manufacturing and mining industries have become far safer and employ far fewer Americans.
Today, workers find themselves with radically different needs – such as flexible work hours and the option of telecommuting – but employers’ efforts to find innovative solutions to meet those needs have been stymied by an outdated government program.In so doing, the Department will extend overtime protection to an estimated 1.3 million low-wage workers.The Department of Labor has received approximately 80,000 comments to the proposed rule.“They deserve our protection as well.” The text of Enzi’s letter follows. Chao Secretary of Labor United States Department of Labor 200 Constitution Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20210 Dear Secretary Chao: We want to take this opportunity to applaud the Department of Labor’s efforts to update and clarify the rules Defining and Delimiting the Exemptions for Executive, Administrative, Outside Sales and Computer Employees.
The proposed rule revises the definitions of “executive,” “administrative,” and “professional,” employees considered exempt from the Fair Labor Standards Act overtime compensation requirement.
The senators said the overtime rights of people in those occupations should not be restricted.