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President Obama Considers Overhauling Overtime Requirements

Posted Dennis Kergick on Jan 13, 2015 in News

Posted on Jan 13, 2015

According to multiple reports, President Obama is debating overhauling the federal rules regarding how and to whom overtime pay must be made.  Currently, overtime pay of time and a half is only required for workers making less than $23,660.00.  Some, including AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka, have encouraged the President to raise this threshold all the way up to $51,168.00, while others have suggested a more incremental approach, raising the threshold to $42,000.00 per year.  

Such a move would unquestionably have an affect in how businesses deal with their employees.  Some businesses may opt for paying the increased overtime to their experienced workers.  Others may look at keeping a solid 40 hour workweek but employing more people to satisfy the high demands of the job.  

As we've often discussed in this space, overtime wages should be factored into your Average Weekly Wage if you are injured on the job in Pennsylvania.  If you feel that your employer and the insurance company have not calculated these important figures correctly, you should reach out to an attorney as soon as possible.  Such an error not only affects your weekly benefits that you are currently receiving, but could play a large role in the overall value of your case if it is to resolve by a lump sum settlement.  

Schmidt Kramer handles workers' compensation claims throughout Mifflin, Franklin, Hanover, Juniata, Center, and Union counties.   

For more information on the proposed changes discussed above, see the link to the article here:  http://thehill.com/regulation/administration/229011-labor-chief-pushes-white-house-on-overtime

 

 

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