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Overtime bill gains support from White House

Posted at 2:49 PM, May 04, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-04 14:49:11-04

A new overtime pay law is gaining support from the White House.

The measure would let employers give workers time off instead of time and half pay.

President Donald Trump says he would sign the bill if it was presented to him in its current form.

7 Eyewitness News spoke with a retired business professor who has authored several books about employer relationships. He sees this as a win for small businesses, but a loss for employees.

"If a congressman worked on an assembly line or in a fast food restaurant, they probably wouldn't be positive towards this bill. If you take a look at the research, including my research, wages is number one or number two on everybody's list on what's important about a job," said Jerry Newman, retired U.B. business professor and author.

The bill has passed the House of Representatives but it has not been voted on in the Senate.