US Labor Department Expands Overtime Pay Eligibility

September 24th, 2019

US Labor Department Expands Overtime Pay Eligibility

On Tuesday, the US Labor Department introduced a new federal rule that will expand overtime pay eligibility for more workers. The new rule covers more than one million salaried workers who earn about or below $35,500 per year, which is an increase from the maximum amount allowed for workers who earned around or below $23,700 per year. Under the new rule, which will take effect on January 1, 2020, the eligible workers will earn time-and-a-half overtime pay in addition to their salaries. If a salaried worker earns over the maximum salary allowed but does not possess any or very little decision-making responsibilities at their job, they may be eligible as well.

Initial attempts to expand overtime pay eligibility to more workers occurred in 2016 during the Obama administration, but a federal judge ruled against it. Many employers and business organizations supported the increase at that time but felt the maximum amount allowed was too high. The last time that the maximum eligibility was raised was back in 2004. The new rule will assist more workers in earning a fair wage for work accomplished and support families and individuals throughout the country.

If you believe that your employer is failing to pay you a fair wage, our Pennsylvania employment lawyers at Sidney L. Gold & Associates, P.C. will review your case and ensure favorable results. Call us today at 215-569-1999 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation with one of our experienced attorneys. We proudly represent clients throughout Pennsylvania and South Jersey from our offices located in Philadelphia and Pennsauken, New Jersey.

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