Workers, employers have different reactions to overtime ruling

COLUMBUS (WCMH) – Workers who were expecting a bump in pay starting December 1 will no longer get that, after a federal judge in Texas blocked the new rule that would have made four million more workers eligible for overtime pay.

If the new rule had gone through, salaried workers making up to about $47,000 a year would have received overtime pay. But opponents of the rule said it would have been a burden on businesses.

Inside The Mug and Brush barber shop on High Street, every customer has a story about himself or someone else working long hours on salary pay.

“I ended up working basically 15 hours a day, seven days a week, for about a month and a half straight,” said John Esterly, describing a time when two of his fellow managers were let go.

James Burns, a senior at The Ohio State University, talked about his manager at work.

“She works around like 50 hours a week and she’s salary and this would have really helped her pay off her student loans,” Burns said.

Benji Jensen, a master’s student, works as a residence hall director.

“We have to hold the phone and we’re on call for 24 hours at a time,” Jensen said.

But the Ohio Chamber of Commerce called the decision a victory, especially for small businesses.

“You have eight, maybe ten employees, you don’t have that luxury, you don’t have that flexibility,” Andrew Doehrel, president and CEO of the Chamber of Commerce, said.

Critics said the new rule could cause some employers to cut jobs.

But many people believe it’s about treating workers fairly.

“Being able to feel like you’re making a living off the amount of work that you do is really important,” Jensen said. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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