Overtime Rule Stumps Congress on Hill Staffers’Pay

By Ben Penn

Feb. 17 — The top two House Democratic leaders have quietly begun to comply with the spirit of a forthcoming Labor Department regulation by paying overtime to more staffers, but the rule is creating administrative headaches in other lawmakers’ offices, legislative sources told Bloomberg BNA.

Relaying a conversation he recently had with one member’s chief of staff, Brad Fitch, president and CEO of the Congressional Management Foundation, told Bloomberg BNA Feb. 16 that House “Democratic chiefs of staff are freaking out” about finding room in their budget for overtime wages. “That was her clinical assessment of the managerial challenges,” he said.

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