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 is changing this by updating the rule that requires employers to pay workers time-and-a-half if they work overtime. Set to go into effect on December 1, the updated overtime rule would raise the threshold below which salaried workers are automatically eligible for overtime pay to $47,476, up from $23,660. A court recently stopped the rule from going into effect, a decision which EPI believes is a mistake.