More than four million U.S. workers will become eligible for overtime pay under new federal regulations, but some business groups oppose the changes.
Salaried employees earning $47,476 or less a year must be paid time-and-a-half for working more than 40 hours a week. The previous threshold was $23,660.
Kate Shanks, director of public affairs for the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, says thousands of Kentucky workers could see themselves return to hourly pay and companies would face millions of dollars in added costs.
"It is something that would impact both private sector employers or for-profit employers, but it could also affect non-profit organizations and educational institutions," Shanks told WKU Public Radio. "The affect in Kentucky could be fairly widespread."
The state Chamber fears that medium and small businesses would likely bear the most financial burden.