The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) recently finalized a proposal that would raise the minimum salary threshold for overtime-exempt workers. Currently, under the Fair Labor Standards Act, employees earning more than $23,660 annually are exempt from overtime protection. The DOL’s proposal would increase that threshold to $47,476 annually. Several senators have introduced legislation that would block the change from taking place; however, as of now, it is set to be implemented on December 1, 2016.
The Department of Labor has advised employers of several options to ensure compliance with the new threshold, including paying employees time-and-a-half for overtime work, raising salaries to exemption levels, or limiting employees to 40 hours of work per week.
Employers who fail to comply with federal laws regarding overtime-exempt thresholds could face severe penalties. If you believe your employer has not properly paid you for overtime work, Philadelphia employment lawyers at Sidney L. Gold & Associates, P.C. will review your case at no charge to determine your best course of legal action. You may be entitled to significant compensation including unpaid wages and back pay. Call 215-569-1999 or contact us online for your free consultation.