Senate candidate criticizes Bond on overtime revisions

Friday, August 20, 2004 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 11:23 a.m. CDT, Monday, July 21, 2008

Democratic candidate for U.S Senate Nancy Farmer visited Columbia to express disapproval with her opponent’s stance on changes in federal law regarding overtime pay

Revisions in the federal Fair Labor Standards Act will take effect Monday. The revisions define the pay level and types of duties that qualify for overtime pay.

Farmer opposes the revision and criticized her opponent, U.S. Sen. Kit Bond, for voting not to block it.

“I will fight these unfair regulations, and I will work every day to uplift working families,” Farmer said Thursday at the Boone County Democratic Headquarters.

Under the revision, workers earning less than $23,660 qualify for time-and-a-half pay for working more than 40 hours a week. It also defines types of workers who do not qualify for overtime pay.

Farmer said the revision will harm middle-class workers such as nurses, pharmacists, journalists and retail workers who earn more than $23,660 but depend on overtime wages. The revision will affect 6 million workers, Farmer said.

Farmer also said the rules are confusing and will result in lawsuits

“Rather than clarifying, it is producing more ambiguity and will result in a lot of challenges,” Farmer said.

The U.S. Senate has voted twice to block the revisions. The House of Representatives could vote to reverse the rule change.

“The Senate has already taken the right stand,” Farmer said. “They’ve taken action to block it, and I want to be there to add my voice to the majority of senators.”

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