Overtime

One reason Americans’ paychecks have not been keeping pace with their productivity is that millions of lower-middle-class and even middle-class workers have been working overtime but not getting paid for it. The Department of Labor seeks to change this by updating the rule that requires employers to pay workers time-and-a-half if they work overtime. The new overtime rule, issued May 18, 2016, raises the threshold below which salaried workers are automatically eligible for overtime pay. The new threshold is $47,476, up from $23,660. The rule will create jobs and directly benefit 12.5 million working people.