Press Statement

NCLR Applauds New DOL Overtime Rule

Rule will help boost economic outlook for America’s middle-class Latino families

May 17, 2016

Camila Gallardo
(305) 215-4259

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, NCLR (National Council of La Raza) lauded a new overtime rule from the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) that will provide a boost to millions of working American families, many of them Latino. The rule raises the overtime salary threshold to cover workers who earn less than $47,476 per year. An estimated 12.5 million Americans are poised to benefit. Overtime has not been updated in decades; the last significant raise in the threshold was in 1975.

“We are very pleased that the administration has acted on behalf of America’s workers who are the backbone of our economy. The rule will help ensure middle-class workers are able to see a greater benefit from their hard work. This rule will not only help individual families better meet their own needs, but will create additional economic stimulus and spending that will improve our nation’s overall economic outlook,” said Eric Rodriguez, Vice President, NCLR.

Raising the overtime salary threshold will be particularly beneficial to women and minorities. The Economic Policy Institute projects that 2 million Latinos who are currently exempt from overtime protections will be newly covered under the rule. Altogether, this represents one in three of all salaried Latino workers.

“Working families and those trying to work their way up into the middle class deserve fair pay for hard work and this rule helps to make our economy work more equitably for those who contribute so much to the progress of this great nation,” said Rodriguez.

For more information about the updated overtime rule and overtime coverage visit the Department of Labor’s website.

NCLR—the largest national Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization in the United States—works to improve opportunities for Hispanic Americans. For more information on NCLR, please visit or follow along on Facebook and Twitter.