20TH MAY 2016 | WRITTEN BY: CHRIS SIEROTY
An American Gaming Association (AGA) executive said Thursday their members continue to analyze a new federal rule that could make more casino workers nationwide eligible for overtime pay.
“As part of efforts led by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the gaming industry has joined the many other business interests expressing concerns to Congress and the administration about the potential implications of this final Department of Labor rule,” said Whitaker Askew, AGA’s vice president.
In an email to GamblingCompliance, Askew said as “our members continue to analyze the final rule and its impact on their operation,” the AGA will continue to work with them and policymakers to “ensure fair and proper compliance.”
The rule, which the Obama administration unveiled Wednesday, would let full-time salaried employees earn overtime if they make up to $47,476 a year, more than double the current limit of $23,660 a year.
The Labor Department estimates that the rule would increase the pay of 4.2m additional workers.
The change is scheduled to take effect December 1.
The AGA represents a wide range of gaming companies, from Penn National Gaming and MGM Resorts International to Aristocrat Technologies and Scientific Games.