Business groups were caught off guard and infuriated by President Obama's recent plan to extend overtime pay to as many as 10 million workers who are now ineligible for it.
"This came as a shot out of the blue," David French, the National Retail Federation's senior vice president for government relations, told The Hill.
The groups, many of which have been focused on opposing a hike to the minimum wage, argued such a change in overtime pay would be bad for the economy.
"Changing the rules for overtime eligibility will, just like increasing the minimum wage, make employees more expensive and will force employers to look for ways to cover these increased costs," Marc Freedman, executive director of labor law policy at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, told The Hill.
Employers are currently required to pay overtime to workers making less than $455 a week. But Obama's proposal would change which employees can be classified as "executive or professional" and ineligible for overtime pay.
The new policy could provide overtime pay to fast food shift supervisors and some office workers now considered ineligible.
Via The Hill