Obama's Push to Expand Overtime Could Mean Big Changes For Florida
President Obama is expected to call for a boost in overtime income that would allow low-wage workers to qualify for this extra pay. Florida labor lawyers say this could impact certain businesses in the state because many employers rely on "white-collar exemption" and often receive more work from the same pay. These changes could push local employers to scale back salaried workers to hourly pay.
"It's going to cause some real consternation (from) smaller or medium-size firms who just don't have the money," said Labor and Employment Partner Bill deMeza. "A smaller shop covered by that law is going to think, 'Do we really need someone at that price?'"