Photo Gallery: White House Ceremony for Signing of Memorandum to Modernize Overtime Pay Rules
(March 13, 2014)
President Obama addresses audience of business owners and workers in East Room of the White House on overtime pay.
U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez listens to the president's remarks. In his speech, the president said, "I'm directing Tom Perez, my secretary of labor, to restore the common-sense principle behind overtime: If you go above and beyond to help your employer and your economy succeed, then you should share a little bit in that success."
President Obama signed the memorandum directing Secretary Perez to begin the process of updating the Fair Labor Standards Act's overtime pay protection rules as a group of workers gather around the president to witness the signing.
James Brown, who worked without overtime as an oil and gas inspector for such long hours that his employer bought him a mattress so he could sleep at work, attended the White House event.