The Department of Labor is now mandating that most workers making up to $47,000 a year must be paid overtime for anything over 40 hours of work per week.

One small business owner in Illinois said that this policy change will do more harm than good for most of his workers.

Mike Nobis runs JK Creative Printers & Mailing in Quincy. He said he's going to have to switch his salesmen to hourly rates because they sometimes are on sales calls more than 40 hours a week.

“It makes the employer turn out to be the bad guy,” Nobis said.

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Nobis' salesmen drive across western Illinois, eastern Missouri and southern Iowa.
He said he'll have to be strict about who's doing what – and when.

“They're just ripping the options away from us,” Nobis said. “(It's) essentially putting our employee in a much worse position.”

Nobis said it breaks his heart to have to tell his workers – many who have been with him for 20 years – that they may see smaller paychecks.

The Obama administration said the move will help workers.

The U.S. Department of Labor said millions of people could qualify for overtime. Illinois' Department of Labor said it doesn't have any numbers that show the rule's potential effect in Illinois.


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