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New overtime rules should help 60k workers in Pennsylvania

  • The Associated Press
In this Aug. 8, 2018, photo an employee works at a McDonald's restaurant in Chicago. The Trump administration has issued a rule that will make overtime pay available to 1.3 million additional workers, though the proposal replaces a more generous one advanced by former President Barack Obama. The Labor Department said Tuesday, Sept. 24, 20119, that it is raising the salary level that companies will have to pay to exempt workers from overtime to $35,308 a year, up from $23,660.

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In this Aug. 8, 2018, photo an employee works at a McDonald's restaurant in Chicago. The Trump administration has issued a rule that will make overtime pay available to 1.3 million additional workers, though the proposal replaces a more generous one advanced by former President Barack Obama. The Labor Department said Tuesday, Sept. 24, 20119, that it is raising the salary level that companies will have to pay to exempt workers from overtime to $35,308 a year, up from $23,660.

More than 60,000 Pennsylvania residents are expected to see a pay increase in 2020 as a new federal overtime rule goes into effect.

The rule taking effect Wednesday guarantees time-and-a-half pay to nearly all hourly employees who work more than 40 hours a week and salaried workers making less than about $35,500 per year.

Pennsylvania Secretary of Labor and Industry Jerry Oleksiak tells the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review the rule should benefit about 61,000 people in the state.

The minimum wage remains $7.25 an hour in Pennsylvania. That’s the same it’s been since 2009.

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