Federal wage law extends overtime pay to millions of workers

Effective Dec. 1 federal employment law regarding overtime and wages will change dramatically, more than doubling the salary threshold for exemption from overtime pay for 4 million employees in the U.S. according to the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL).

Under the Fair Labor Standards Act, employers are currently required to pay time and a half for time worked past 40 hours a week to any full-time employee paid less than $455 a week or $23,660 a year.

Exempt employees are “white-collar” employees that make more than that amount, either paid salaried or hourly, and who pass the U.S. Department of Labor’s duties test.

The wage threshold will be adjusted to include any employee paid under $913 a week or $47,476 a year.

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