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More U.S. Workers Eligible for Overtime Pay

Under a new advisory from the Labor Department, 1.3 million U.S. workers are now eligible for overtime pay, NPR reports.

Under current law, most workers making about $23,660 a year are eligible for overtime pay. Starting Jan. 1, 2020, the minimum salary threshold to be considered salaried will rise to $35,568, according to NPR.

A previous initiative under the Obama administration aimed to raise that figure to about $47,000, which would have expanded overtime pay to roughly 3 million Americans.

The minimum salary threshold for salaried workers was last updated in 2004, NPR reports.

“For the first time in over 15 years, America’s workers will have an update to overtime regulations that will put overtime pay into the pockets of more than a million working Americans,” acting U.S. Secretary of Labor Patrick Pizzella says. “This rule brings a commonsense approach that offers consistency and certainty for employers as well as clarity and prosperity for American workers.”

About Todd Taber

Todd Taber
Todd is an assistant editor for Hardware Retailing magazine. He graduated from Indiana University where he majored in journalism and French. Throughout his career, he has aimed to highlight small businesses and their community value. He joined NRHA in 2017 and now serves on the news and marketing teams. In his free time, he likes to run, spend time with family and travel the country.

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