The Trump administration announced Monday that law students will now be able to work at federal contractors in the private sector for $35,000 a year for two years.
The White House says the law was prompted by concerns about the cost of living.
Trump’s proposal comes on the heels of the administration’s attempt to gut a provision in a recent budget that would have allowed federal workers to opt out of overtime pay and other forms of wage-setting protections.
The administration argued that the provision would allow for employers to exploit workers who didn’t want to work overtime, including women, students and undocumented immigrants.
The Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division issued a statement Monday saying it had “identified more than 100 examples” of employers who have used the provision to skirt wage and hour protections.
Trump has been trying to overhaul the nation’s laws since he took office in January.
In June, the administration announced that it would reverse a rule designed to ensure that Americans are paid overtime if they’re working overtime.
That rule, which the administration called a “disproportionate burden” on businesses, was set to take effect Jan. 1.
The rule requires employers with 50 or more workers to pay an employee an average of at least 60 percent of their hourly rate of pay if they can prove that an employee is working more than 40 hours a week.
It was one of several rules that the administration put in place to reduce the amount of overtime that federal employees are required to work.