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New Overtime Rules to Expand Eligibility for Millions of Workers

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The U.S. Department of Labor has announced new overtime regulations set to take effect this summer, expanding eligibility for overtime pay to millions of workers. These changes are part of a broader effort to ensure fair compensation for employees who work beyond the standard 40-hour workweek.

Current Regulations and Upcoming Changes

Under the current Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), hourly or non-exempt employees who work over 40 hours a week are entitled to overtime pay at a rate of 1.5 times their regular pay. However, salaried workers earning more than $35,568 annually ($684 per week) are exempt from these overtime regulations, provided they perform executive, administrative, or professional duties.

Starting July 1, the new rules will increase the salary threshold for overtime eligibility. Employees earning up to $43,888 annually, equivalent to $844 per week, will now qualify for overtime pay. This adjustment aims to better reflect the current economic climate and the needs of American workers.

Future Adjustments

The Department of Labor has also outlined plans for future increases. On January 1, 2025, the salary threshold will rise again to cover employees earning up to $58,656 per year, or $1,128 per week. Further adjustments will occur every three years, with the next scheduled increase on July 1, 2027. These periodic adjustments will be based on current earnings data to ensure the thresholds remain relevant.

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Impact on Workers

The Department of Labor estimates that approximately 4 million salaried workers who were previously ineligible will now qualify for overtime pay. However, certain professions such as teachers, doctors, and lawyers remain exempt from these changes. Additionally, states like California and New York already have higher salary thresholds, meaning the federal adjustments will have less impact in those regions.

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