By now, you’ve heard that the Trump administration has proposed raising the overtime threshold to $35,308. Maybe you’ve seen traditionally left-leaning outlets hailing this as a rare win for workers from the Trump White House, or a much-needed revision of an outdated labor policy.
Let me tell you why that’s bogus.
It’s true that we desperately need to revise the overtime threshold, which has been stuck at a pathetic $23,660 for the past 15 years. But the threshold—that is to say, the salary below which you must legally be paid time-and-a-half for every hour worked over 40 hours per week—should be drastically higher than the Trump threshold. At the minimum, it should be doubled.