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Overtime pay for more workers, Obama directs Labor Dept.

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President Obama is directing the U.S. Department of Labor to increase the number of workers eligible for overtime pay.

Currently, businesses are prohibited from denying overtime pay to a salaried worker making less than $455 per week. The rules proposed by the president would increase the salary threshold to a figure not yet specified.

The update to the 1938 Fair Labor Standards Act would require businesses to provide overtime pay to employees who work jobs as varied as fast-food restaurant managers, loan officers and computer technicians.

The president's directive is in line with Democrats' election-year agenda of fighting income inequality and appealing to the middle class. But White House officials are acknowledging the move will be met with resistance from businesses and congressional Republicans.

Fox News contributed to this report

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