Missouri employers scramble to assess effects of new overtime rules

Many employers and employees across Missouri find themselves trying to figure out which workers will be eligible for overtime pay under new rules issued Wednesday by the U.S. Department of Labor.

The Labor Department estimates that about 85,000 workers in Missouri will be affected by the changes, which raise from $23,660 a year to $47,476 a year the ceiling for compensation of employees that qualify for overtime when they work more than 40 hours per week.

The new rules have set off internal assessments by company owners and administrators trying to determine exactly how their organizations will be affected.

Some elected officials and employer groups are calling for legislation to fight the changes before they’re enacted in December.

The Missouri Restaurant Association is among those voicing opposition to the new rules, saying they will be harmful to its members.

Read more: Kansas City Star

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