Congressman Tim Ryan Applauds Expansion of Overtime Pay to 4.2 Million American Workers

May 18, 2016 Issues: Helping Working Families

Washington, DC – Congressman Tim Ryan applauds the finalization of a new Department of Labor rule that would effectively double the salary threshold for those eligible for overtime pay. Under this new rule those making at or below $47,476 per year will now be eligible for overtime compensation. Currently, workers earning more than $23,660 per year are not eligible for these benefits. The Department of Labor estimates approximately 4.2 million salaried workers will be affected by this rule change based on their salaries.

“This new overtime rule is about respecting American workers – plain and simple. These men and women work hard every day, putting in extra hours and sacrificing family time – yet all too often they are not being compensated for their overtime. Their effort is essential to the private sector’s ability to be profitable and they should be paid accordingly. This will put more money in the pockets of hard working Americans, while at the same time improving work-life balance across our nation,” said Congressman Ryan 

The rule will take effect December 1, 2016 and contains provisions for automatic updates that will adjust the threshold every 3 years beginning January 1, 2020. This will help ensure that that the income threshold accurately reflects the economic reality for Americans. Before this change the overtime threshold was adjusted just one time since 1970 – in 2004.