U.S. Hearing Explores Impact of Overtime Rule on Colleges

June 10, 2016

A U.S. House of Representatives panel held a highly partisan hearing Thursday about the impact that the Obama administration's proposed new rules governing overtime pay would have on colleges and other nonprofit organizations. A senior administrator at the University of Kansas was the main higher education witness, arguing that the changes would have a significantly negative financial impact on the institution and other colleges and universities, to the tune of roughly $3 million a year at Kansas.

Another witness, Jared Bernstein of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, played down the proportion of higher education employees who would be affected -- and noted that the University of Kansas could cover its new costs with about half of the nearly $5 million in compensation the university pays to its men's basketball coach, Bill Self.

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