President Obama Expands Overtime Protections
Are you entitled to earn overtime? If you work as a white-collar employee, the answer depends on how much you earn. Previously, office employees who earned less than $455 per week (or $23,660 per year) were automatically eligible for overtime if they worked more than 40 hours per week, regardless of their job duties or how they were paid. But this low wage cutoff left millions of employees out of luck, working long hours for very little pay, but still not entitled to overtime.
All that has changed now. The federal Department of Labor recently issued a final regulation changing the overtime wage cutoff. Starting in December of 2016, the wage limit will more than double. To find out how this huge change will affect eligibility to earn overtime in your state, select it from the list below.