by Daniel Wisner
August 30, 2010 US President Joe Biden’s administration moved to extend mandatory overtime pay for 3.6 million salaried workers, more than the Obama-era law that was struck down in court.
The U.S. Department of Labor has passed a law requiring employers to pay overtime to workers who earn less than $1,059 a week, or about $55,000 a year.
The current salary cap of about $35,500 a year, set by the Trump administration in the 2020 rule, doesn’t go far enough, labor advocates and many Democrats say.
The proposed rule does not affect overtime eligibility for hourly employees.
Jessica Lowman, head of the Labor Department’s office that enforces wage laws, said the proposed rule is necessary to ensure workers receive fair compensation.
“Many long-term minimum-wage workers are denied overtime pay, even though they often work long hours and perform the same tasks as their hourly counterparts,” Luhmann said in a statement.
The US Wage Act requires employers to pay workers over 40 hours in a week at one and a half times their regular rate of pay.
Salaried employees who earn above the salary threshold may receive overtime pay if they do not perform primarily administrative duties.
Several states, including California and New York, have higher wage limits for overtime eligibility than the current federal level.
The Department of Labor In 2016, he doubled his salary to $47,000. But next year, a federal judge in Texas said the threshold is too high and could wipe out some administrative workers who are exempt from overtime pay protections. (Reporting by Daniel Wisner in Albany, New York; Editing by Bernadette Baum)