Senate passes bipartisan overtime fix

Senate Republican Office Update: April 25, 2017

Today, the Senate unanimously approved a proposal carried by Senate Republican Deputy Leader Tim Knopp, of Bend, to fix overtime pay calculations.

Knopp released the following statement:

“Oregon is an export-dependent state and Senate Bill 984 helps ensure Oregon industries can create jobs and continue contributing the economy. This is a great bipartisan bill to provide employers the consistency and certainty that they need to continue making a positive impact on all Oregonians.”

Senate Bill 984, makes overtime pay calculable either daily or weekly, whichever is greater.

The bill fixes the Bureau of Labor and Industries’ (BOLI) overreach, which erroneously forced employers to pay more overtime hours than an employee earned. The bill helps protect employees from their employers facing undue government regulations that could threaten jobs.

The bill, Republicans say, protects manufacturing jobs in a global marketplace and protects Oregon’s competitiveness.