Republican Congressman’s Proposed Bill Will Take Overtime Pay from Workers and Ruin the Economy – Los Angeles Employment Attorneys Blumenthal, Nordrehaug & Bhowmik Appears on CNN “Money for Lunch”

by Norman B. Blumenthal on April 26, 2013

DCF 1.0Virginia Congressman Eric Cantor, the Republican House Majority Leader, wants to introduce a bill to loosen the overtime rules so workers are not paid overtime, which is now promised under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).  Under Cantor’s bill, workers can work 50 plus hours a week.  However, they will only be paid for 40.  Hours worked over 40 will be categorized as comp time that the worker can use later, in lieu of vacation or sick leave.  However, when the comp time is used, the worker will be paid at his or her straight rate.  Money that a worker could have earned that would have gone into the local economy will now go to the shareholders as profits.

“Cantor’s bill is pro-business, pro-business, pro-business, screw the worker, screw the worker, screw the worker,” said Norman Blumenthal, founding partner of Blumenthal, Nordrehaug & Bhowmik.  “This is why we tell workers if you vote for a Republican, you are felony stupid!  We need employers.  Employers should make profits.  However, workers deserve to be paid overtime.”

Every worker should demand every elected official pledge to do the following:

  1. Keep the 40 hours work week sacrosanct.
  2. Narrow all the exemptions to the 40 hour work week.
  3. Void all arbitration agreements contained within employment contracts.

Listen to the entire interview here.   Norman Blumenthal 04-09-13

Money for Lunch, which airs on CNN radio in Houston, features influential people from the business and nonprofit world.

Blumenthal, Nordrehaug & Bhowmik is an experienced California employment law firm with offices located in San Diego, San Francisco and Los Angeles. The firm dedicates its practice to contingency fee employment law work for issues involving misclassification as a salaried worker exempt from overtime, failure to pay vacation wages, misclassification as an independent contractor, off-the-clock work, wrongful termination, discrimination and other California labor laws.

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