Hill staffers may work all hours, but they won’t see overtime pay anytime soon. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)
President Barack Obama may be signing overtime rules into place for nearly 5 million workers, but those beneficiaries aren’t likely to include Capitol Hill staffers.
The legislative branch, which includes Capitol Hill staff and related agencies, have long been governed by their own workplace rules. The Congressional Accountability Act of 1995 provides some workplace protections for Hill staff, including allowing time off under the Family and Medical Leave Act and preventing certain workplace discrimination on the basis of race, age or sexual orientation. But unless Congress takes proactive action to amend the CAA, Hill staffers making under $50,440 will not be seeing overtime into their long work weeks. Full story