New U.S. overtime rules turfed

Consulting firm says House of Representatives decision to stop new regulations after they took effect will cost business $1.4 billion US
||Last Updated: 10/22/2004

The U.S. House of Representatives has voted to stop the Labor Department’s new overtime regulations that went into effect on Aug. 23, 2004.

The 223-193 vote was an amendment to a $142.5 billion US bill for health education and training programs. The amendment would preserve one provision of the new rules that guarantees overtime pay to workers earning less than $23,600 US or $455 US a week.

It would also protect overtime eligibility for any worker who had it before Aug. 23.