The President Goes to Overtime

The Wall Street Journal

The real economy continues to muddle along in year six of the Obama presidency, so the emerging White House strategy is to describe for voters a fantasy economy of surging incomes and prosperity.

President Obama Wants Better Overtime Regulation

By Brian Feldman, The Wire

President Obama is expected later this week to direct the Department of Labor to restructure its regulations governing overtime pay. The changes would require companies to offer overtime to positions like fast food managers and computer technicians—positions that are normally classified as “executive or professional” in order to avoid paying for overtime.

A Franchisor Sues the Labor Department Over Volunteer Workers

By Karen E. Klein, Bloomberg Businessweek

Rhea Lana Riner, the Arkansas franchisor who has tangled publicly with regulators over her use of volunteers to help run her children’s consignment business, has turned the tables on the government. She sued the U.S. Department of Labor on Monday, alleging that the department harmed her business and acted arbitrarily last year when it classified her volunteers as employees under the Fair Labor Standards Act.