Capitol Correspondence - 11.28.23

Congressional Subcommittee to Scrutinize DOL’s Proposed Overtime Rule in Upcoming Hearing

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On Wednesday, November 29, at 10:15 am EST, the Subcommittee on Workforce Protections, chaired by Representative Kevin Kiley (R-CA), is set to conduct a hearing titled “Bad for Business: DOL’s Proposed Overtime Rule.” The hearing aims to delve into the potential implications of the Department of Labor’s proposed overtime rule and its perceived impact on American businesses, workers, and the economy.

Chairman Kiley expressed his concerns, stating, “America’s workforce thrives off three things: clear and consistent rulemaking, flexibility, and a government that allows job creators and employers to innovate. Unfortunately, the Biden administration has failed miserably in all three areas. The Department of Labor’s proposed overtime rule is emblematic of that failure.”

The proposed overtime rule, a key policy initiative of the Biden administration, has drawn criticism for its potential impact on various sectors.

In comments to DOL, ANCOR indicated its support for the rule’s intentions, but noted that the proposed rule could have unintended consequences for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities seeking community-based services. The crux of the concern lies in the heavy reliance of disability service providers on Medicaid funding.

ANCOR used its comments to highlight that without corresponding adjustments in Medicaid reimbursement rates, providers face challenges in increasing wages for their workforce. ANCOR’s CEO Barbara Merrill, emphasized that the salary threshold adjustments, without a plan for additional funding, might compel employers to make severe cuts to programs and services. This, in turn, could lead to decreased access to these services. The hearing will be live-streamed on the Committee’s YouTube page.