Secretary Elaine Chao


How Lawyers Work Overtime

Given all the union hollering over Labor Secretary Elaine Chao’s proposals to update overtime laws, it’s tempting to think this is just one more run-of-the-mill labor spat. The real story is that Ms. Chao is pushing through some much needed tort reform.

The Labor Department recently outlined plans to update the nation’s antiquated overtime provisions, first devised in 1938. Those Depression-era laws were originally meant to protect low-wage workers from toiling too many hours by guaranteeing them overtime; they specifically exempted most white-collar workers.

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