The U.S. Labor Department has issued new regulations governing who receives overtime pay to replace an earlier proposed overhaul that drew criticism last year from organized labor, Democrats and some Republicans.
The new regulations take effect in 120 days.
The American Nurses Association fought the previous revisions, contending the proposed redefinition of white-collar workers would exclude nurses in administrative positions from overtime pay. The ANA said it was still examining the latest overhaul, but the regulations appear to be vague on the issue.
The American Hospital Association also said it was reviewing the new regulations and would withhold judgment until later.
The new regulations guarantee overtime protection to blue-collar workers, including paramedics, emergency medical technicians and licensed practical nurses, and to individuals earning up to $23,660 a year.
The regulations deny protection to white-collar workers who earn more than $100,000 a year and perform some professional, administrative or executive duties.