COLUMBUS – Today, State Senator Kenny Yuko (D-Richmond Heights) renewed his call for the passage of Ohio Senate Bill 25 after a federal court blocked President Obama’s national overtime rule. The rule would have required employers to pay time-and-a-half to employees making less than $47,476 a year when they worked over 40 hours in a week.

“This should have been the last Black Friday when retail managers were forced to work 60 or 70-plus hours in a week without overtime pay,” said Senator Yuko. “While the courts slow federal protections, we must pass SB 25 to show that Ohio respects and values hardworking people.”

Senate Bill 25 would raise the state’s minimum wage to $10.10 per hour and raise the salary threshold for overtime pay to protect more middle class Ohioans. The current salary threshold of $23,660, which falls below the poverty line for a family of four, only helps 11% of salaried American workers. SB 25 would increase overtime protection from $23,000 to $50,000 initially, and then to $69,000 the next year. This would cover 65% of the workforce, which aligns with the original intention of overtime regulations instilled in the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1975.

“Hopefully yesterday’s decision is just a temporary setback and the courts will eventually rule in favor of fair wages,” said Senator Yuko. “In the meantime, SB 25 would not only give Ohio workers a step toward a living wage, it would prevent employers from taking advantage of them.”

Senate Bill 25 would need to pass out of the Ohio Senate and House before the end of December in order to become law. Otherwise it would need to be reintroduced in the next General Assembly.

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