Whitmer seeks to make more workers eligible for overtime

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer at an event on Sept. 11, 2019 in Grand Rapids, Mich.

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is moving to make more Michigan workers eligible for overtime pay.

The Democrat announced Thursday that her administration will establish rules to change the salary threshold under which employers must pay overtime to their workers. Whitmer did not say what the threshold would be.

The Trump administration is making overtime pay available to 1.3 million additional workers, though the proposal replaces a more generous one advanced by former President Barack Obama. Whitmer says Trump’s plan “leaves 200,000 Michigan workers behind.”

She says boosting paychecks in good for families, businesses and the economy.

It could take up to year to finalize a Michigan overtime rule.

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