New Labor Regulations Are Negatively Changing Modern Manufacturing

Administration Unveils New Overtime Regulation that Removes Path to Middle Class

Washington, D.C., May 18, 2016 – National Association of Manufacturers Vice President of Labor, Legal and Regulatory Policy Rosario Palmieri issued the following statement after the Department of Labor released the final overtime regulation:

“Manufacturing is a pathway to the middle class for millions of men and women who make things in America. However, this regulation creates barriers to opportunity, severely limiting flexibility and dramatically increasing red tape, especially for small manufacturers who cannot afford the burdens of a 99 percent salary increase for management employees who are exempt from overtime pay. Even worse, the administration has also required there to be future automatic increases, which creates uncertainty in planning for future years.

Manufacturers take pride in offering entry level jobs that turn into management jobs, but what the administration paints as a pay raise for millions of workers could limit those options for many who strive to be part of management. Time and resources that could be spent on creating jobs and opportunity will now be used in efforts to comply with this rule.

Unfortunately, this is just the latest in what has been a deluge of regulations from this administration that are fundamentally altering the manufacturing workforce and negatively impacting companies and business owners. If the goal is to fatigue manufacturers and create disincentives to opportunity, then mission accomplished. But if the goal is to enhance our modern workplaces, the administration should work with manufacturers and recognize our unique advantages.”

Manufacturers and their employees share a mutual goal of a safe, communicative and productive workplace, and good policy from Washington is part of the solution. To learn more, visit our website.


The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) is the largest manufacturing association in the United States, representing small and large manufacturers in every industrial sector and in all 50 states. Manufacturing employs more than 12 million men and women, contributes $2.17 trillion to the U.S. economy annually, has the largest economic impact of any major sector and accounts for more than three-quarters of private-sector research and development. The NAM is the powerful voice of the manufacturing community and the leading advocate for a policy agenda that helps manufacturers compete in the global economy and create jobs across the United States. For more information about the Manufacturers or to follow us on Shopfloor, Twitter and Facebook, please visit

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