More Workers To Get Overtime in New Year

61,000 To Be Newly Eligible in Pennsylvania

Joe DeStio
December 31, 2019 - 1:39 pm

PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - New federal overtime rules will make an additional 1.3 million salaried workers nationwide and 61,000 in Pennsylvania eligible for overtime. The threshhold above which employees don't have to pay time and a half for working more than 40 hours a week has been increased to $35,568. The former cutoff for overtime was $24,600. The new rule takes effect January 1, 2020.

"It's people who typically do office work, who are making decisions, who are managing people," according to Pennsylvania Labor and Industry Deputy Secretary Jennifer Berrier. "They're working in more of a professional capacity."

It's the first major change in federal overtime rules in more than 15 years. The change also allows employers to use nondiscretionary bonuses and incentives to satisfy up to 10 percent of salary requirements on an annual basis.

Berrier believes most eligible workers will not have to fight for the extra cash.

"Employers for the most part are pretty cognizant of this overtime rule so I expect most employers will comply," said Berrier.

Labor and Industry Secretary Jerry Oleksiak continues to press for a higher minimum wage in Pennsylvania.

"This new federal law means some of our workers can begin earning overtime pay they deserve, but far too many are struggling to make ends meet because of Pennsylvania's stagnant minimum wage," he said in a statement.

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