Mostly false: New DNC chair Tom Perez says Donald Trump wants to eliminate overtime pay

Mostly false: New DNC chair Tom Perez says Donald Trump wants to eliminate overtime pay
Barack Obama, Thomas Perez (Image: Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

On the Feb. 26 edition of NBC’S Meet the Press, [new DNC chair Tom] Perez said … “Donald Trump wants to eliminate overtime pay for people.”

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We wanted to look into … Perez’s comment — is Trump really planning to deliver a KO to OT?

To back up his claim, Perez’s team sent clips from three news articles and a memo from Trump’s campaign. However, none of these sources show Trump wants to “eliminate overtime pay,” the money earned for working more than a specified number of hours a week.

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Perez’s statement offers a misleading view of Trump’s position on overtime. Trump’s administration has said he wants to roll back regulations — some of which would expand the number of those eligible for overtime — but that doesn’t translate to wanting to eliminate overtime completely.

The regulation that would expand overtime eligibility for white-collar workers has never been enforced because of a pending court challenge.

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