A business host for Fox News has slammed the Obama administration for making more workers eligible for overtime pay, declaring that the practice will make employees too greedy. Stuart Varney said the change in overtime rules amounted to “buying votes” for Democrats and would ultimately stifle the creative process, while liberals claim the changes are designed to keep hard-working Americans from being taken advantage of.
The overtime changes are primarily targeted for fast food and retail companies that often label people as “managers” or “supervisors” so they don’t have to be paid more than 40 hours per week, despite often working well past that amount. “It changes your quality of life when you know you can’t be required to work an extra 20 hours a week without being paid for it,” said Economic Policy Institute Vice President Ross Eisenbrey. “The restaurant industry is famous for doing this, for calling people assistant managers.”
However, Varney felt that workers would simply take on the extra hours and then essentially phone it in with their performance on the job. “In the earlier days of Google, they had all kinds of youngsters, up and coming strivers, who would work day and night. That’s how they built the company,” he explained. “Now if you bring this in…they’ll be on the clock. “Instead of these overnight creative meetings, they’ll be saying, ‘Oh, I just exceeded my 40 hours, I’m due overtime. And if I don’t get it, I’m going to sue.’”
The Fox News host also questioned the timing of the decision to start trying to increase the salaries of low-wage Americans. “This is redistribution by executive order,” said Varney. “The president is buying votes. He is commanding higher salaries for millions of people. Right before an election. Don’t you think that those millions of people will be grateful and say, ‘Thanks for the pay raise, Mr. President. I’m voting Democrat.’ Don’t you think that’s in there?”
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