Obama Administration

Accomplishments on Labor

  • Over four million Americans to qualify for overtime pay if they work more than 40 hours a week under new rule by the Labor Department that raised the salary threshold from $23,660 to $47,476 per year
    May 17 2016
  • Employees of Federal government contractors must be offered seven days of paid sick leave per year
    Sep 07 2015
  • Government mandated threshold for all hourly workers to qualify for overtime pay increased from $23,660 to $50,440.
    Jun 30 2015
  • Minimum wage for Federal Contractors raised to $10.10 per hour.
    Feb 12 2014
  • On-the-job training opportunities expanded for veterans by reimbursing energy sector employers for training costs.
    Oct 14 2010
  • Veteran work-study programs expanded to include congressional offices, state agencies and institutions of higher learning
    Oct 14 2010
  • Social Security payroll tax credits in 2010 for employers that hired people who have been unemployed for 60+ days
    Mar 18 2010
  • Tax credits to employers who keep new hires for 52 weeks to encourage retention of new hires
    Mar 18 2010
  • $17.5 billion in tax cuts, business credits and subsidies for state and local construction bonds to stimulate business investment and hiring
  • $20 billion to the highway trust fund for spending on highway and transit programs.
    Mar 18 2010
  • 115,000 jobs created at General Motors and Chrysler since government financing and restructuring implemented
    2009
  • 1.45 million American jobs saved overall by government financing and restructuring of GM and Chrysler to avoid liquidation
    2009
  • $96 billion in personal income losses avoided by government financing and restructuring of GM and Chrysler to avoid liquidation
    2009
  • Disadvantaged youth job opportunites enhanced by community service to gain skills/experience and earn education grants and stipends
    Apr 21 2009