New federal overtime rules for salary employees

New Department of Labor regulations mean that many workers who didn't qualify for overtime pay will soon be receiving time and a half.

The US government is working on introducing reforms that will extend overtime protections to millions of additional workers.

"Today, the Department of Labor has taken a significant step in addressing inequity in our nation's overtime pay rules". The petition was to tell the Department of Labor to quickly implement the new overtime rule.

ABC27 News got mixed reaction from people in Harrisburg.

The federal regulations governing overtime pay are changing for the first time since 2004. But just months ago, Ryan was calling for the very sort of raises that the new rule will ensure.

Q. If I get paid a salary rather than an hourly wage, does that mean I won't be eligible for overtime if I earn more than $47,476? But it has gone too far in doubling the threshold so that any salaried employee earning less than $47,476 per year will be eligible for overtime.

Millions of Americans could be getting a pay raise.

Several groups, including the nation's two largest human resources organizations, strongly opposed the new overtime rule even thought the threshold eligibility was reduced from the original plan's $50,000.

Respond to employees' concerns by making no changes to the "duties test" and allowing bonuses and incentive payments to count toward up to 10 percent of the new salary level. The rules assume highly paid workers have the ability to bargain for either larger salaries or more time off. This is because hourly workers tend to receive overtime already while salaried workers do not. Business groups fear an increase in paperwork and scheduling cost burdens, Fox News reported. 

Galnor says the transitioning of employees from salary to hourly will cause problems for some businesses.

Not really. Employers can do a few of things that would change the status of the salaried employee, though.

Now that I'm eligible for overtime will I have to punch a time clock? "And the reason they feel that is, because, in the case of the Fair Labor Standards Act, they indeed lost a lot of leverage".

When will these changes take effect? But it should adjust the increase to a lower level before the December 1 implementation date, to ensure that a higher rate actually produces the desired result.