Dem senators press companies on Trump nixing overtime rule
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A trio of Senate Democrats is pressing 14 companies on an Obama-era overtime regulation and if they will support President Trump if he tries to unwind the rule. 

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"We are deeply troubled at the prospect of President Trump--who campaigned on promises to stand up for American workers--turning his back on the millions of Americans who stand to benefit from the overtime rule,” the senators wrote.
 
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The Obama-era overtime rule is currently on hold due to a court challenge, and the Trump administration could choose not to defend the regulation. 

Currently, many employees who make more than $23,660 in a year are not eligible to be paid time and a half when they work more than 40 hours in a week.

But the Obama administration rule would raise threshold to $47,476 per year.

The three senators said they were writing to the companies — including CKE Restaurants, which is overseen by Trump's former pick to lead the Labor Department, Andy Puzder — to find out if they would push back against any attempt to unwind the rule. 

"We wanted to find out whether you will support any efforts by the Trump administration to reverse the significant progress made by your company," they wrote.

They want to know what steps the companies have taken to comply with the overtime rule, how much money they have spent to implement it and whether uncertainty over the future of the regulation has caused "confusion."

"Has the November 22nd injunction on the overtime rule, as well as confusion over whether or not the Trump administration will support it, created uncertainty for your company in the short-or-long term?" the senators ask. 

The senators also want to know if the companies will support an effort by the Trump administration to nix the rule "potentially depriving workers of $1.2 billion annual increases in wages in 2017 alone" or reverse steps, including increasing salaries, that they've taken to implement the rule if it is dropped.

In addition to CKE Restaurants, the senators sent letters to Bob Evans Farms, Brand Value Accelerator, LLC, Georgetown University, The Kroger Company, Office Depot, Inc., PNC Financial Services Group, Shake Shack, Staples, The TJX Companies, Inc., TX Roadhouse, Inc., Walmart, The Wendy's Company and White Castle Systems, Inc.