If I was running the Kerry-Edwards campaign, I would have an ad on the air tomorrow about the new overtime rules the Bush Administration has put into play. Make it a two-part ad with one piece about the OT rules and the second about laws that favor companies that outsource jobs. Run the ad in Ohio and other battleground states with struggling economies. That should do the trick.
From CNN.com, here is the third of three tests that determine whether someone should receive overtime. Of course, it's the little guy who will get screwed and in this crummy economy, he's probably got no choice but to eat his liver and stay at the job that doesn't pay him overtime.
"The third test is where the rules get considerably more complicated -- and controversial. The final prong is called the "duties" test. It tries to establish eligibility based on the type of work an employee performs every day. Under federal law, a worker whose job is deemed "administrative," "professional" or "executive" in nature does not qualify for overtime. The categories themselves won't change.
Instead, the new rules aim to clarify the type of work that qualifies as administrative, professional and executive. For example, under the administrative exemption, a fast food manager who sets work schedules for a team of workers but can't hire or fire workers will no longer earn overtime."
You know that a person employed as a Burger King manager works like a dog all day long. Now they can't get overtime? Come on.