Bernie Sanders hails 'long overdue' OT expansion

Bernie Sanders hails 'long overdue' OT expansion
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Democratic presidential candidates are rallying behind the Obama administration's proposed overtime regulations.

Frontrunner Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonNevada Senate passes bill that would give Electoral College votes to winner of national popular vote 2020 Dems break political taboos by endorsing litmus tests Iowa Democrats brace for caucus turnout surge MORE called the new rules a "win for our economy and workers."

"President Obama is right to update overtime rules for the modern workforce -- a win for our economy and workers nationwide," Clinton tweeted Tuesday.

Meanwhile, Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersIraq War looms over Trump battle with Iran 2020 Dems break political taboos by endorsing litmus tests Iowa Democrats brace for caucus turnout surge MORE (I-Vt.) also welcomed the draft overtime regulations, saying they are “long overdue.”

The Labor Department is proposing a new overtime rule that will expand the number of middle-class workers who qualify for time-and-a-half pay. This is the first time the rules are being updated in more than a decade.

“This long overdue change in overtime rules is a step in the right direction and good news for workers,” Sanders said in a statement. 

“Businesses no longer will be able to shirk their responsibility to pay fair wages by simply labeling workers earning as little as $24,000-a-year as supervisors,” he added.

Businesses must pay overtime to low-wage employees who work more than 40 hours in a week under current federal law — but many workers do not qualify.

Certain workers making more than $455 a week, or $23,660 a year, are exempt from the rules, if they have a supervisory role at the company.

The Labor Department is looking to raise that threshold to $50,440 annually, or $970 a week, which would bring millions more workers under the umbrella of overtime protections.

Sanders had been calling for the Obama administration to raise the threshold even higher to $1,090 a week, but said he “welcomed” the new rules.