Defend Obama’s Overtime Policy

10.25.17 Op-Ed by David Weil
U.S. News & World Report. 

On Aug. 28, a Texas judge blocked an overtime rule issued by the Obama administration that requires adequate compensation for employees who work long hours. By overturning this sensible and long overdue update of federal law, the Texas decision abandons people who are currently exempt from overtime protections and receive essentially no pay for working over 40 hours. The decision to appeal this ruling now rests with Secretary of Labor Alex Acosta. His inaction will…  

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David Weil is Dean and Professor at Brandeis University’s Heller School of Social Policy and Management. He served as US Wage and Hour Administrator at the Department of Labor during the last three years of the Obama administration. He is a leading international expert on workplace and labor market policy and was the Peter and Deborah Wexler Professor of Management at Boston University’s Questrom School of Business before coming to Brandeis. The materials on this site arise from analysis contained in The Fissured Workplace and a growing body of research regarding the fundamental restructuring of employment and its impacts on workers and businesses. It also discusses approaches to dealing with the fissured workplace developed during the Obama administration as well as new ideas and efforts being discussed and undertaken today. 


“What The Growing Gig Economy Means For Workers,” on Radio Boston (WBUR). Discussion moderated by Meghna Chakrabarti, with David Weil and Zeninjor Enwemeka. 11.2.17. Listen here.  

“When ‘Made in America’ Means Made in Sweatshops,” on The Takeaway. Listen to a conversation with David Weil on the WNYC website.

“Behind a $13 shirt, a $6-an-hour worker,” by Natalie Kitroeff and Victoria Kim. Los Angeles Times, 8.31.17. Read the Article.

“David Weil heading to Brandeis,” Talking Points column, The Boston Globe, 5.19.17. Read the article.


“Lots of Employees Get Misclassified as Contractors. Here’s Why It Matters,” Harvard Business Review. 7.5.17. Read the article.

“How to Make Employment Fair in an Age of Contracting and Temp Work,” Harvard Business Review. 3.3.17. Read the article.

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