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How weak overtime protections contribute to inequality

A key number for calculating overtime pay hasn't been adequately updated since 1975 — economists hope that changes.
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Some states hike overtime salary threshold higher than Feds

Jan 1, 2020
A new federal salary level for low-paid managers to be eligible for overtime pay kicks in Jan. 1.
Employees work overnight in a factory.
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1.3 million lower-paid managers to get overtime

Dec 25, 2019
Salaried management workers who earn less than $35,568/year will be entitled to overtime pay starting Jan. 1, 2020.
Working late? More workers are eligible for overtime in 2020. Above, an office building in Chicago, Illinois.
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New overtime rule won't slam employers, say experts

Sep 25, 2019
Many employers are already prepared for the rule change.
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New overtime rule covers fewer workers than Obama version

Sep 24, 2019
Had the 2016 rule been instituted, roughly three times more workers would have been covered.
Under the new rule, employers will be required to pay overtime to employees making less than $35,568.
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On punishing schedules, China's tech workers are exhausted

Jul 10, 2019
China's tech sector is built on the backs of hard working employees who are often expected to work 12-hour days at a minimum. Some workers are starting to push back.
A Chinese tech firm showcases its facial recognition security equipment at the Consumer Electronics Show in Shanghai June 2019. The success of these companies is partly built on the backs of workers putting in extreme overtime.
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Employers figuring out the latest twist in new overtime rule: an injunction to halt it

Nov 23, 2016
What can businesses and their employees expect, now that the new rules are on hold?
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Federal judge blocks Obama's overtime rule

Nov 23, 2016
New rules from the Department of Labor would make more white-collar workers eligible for overtime pay. Now they're on indefinite hold.
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States challenge federal rule expanding overtime pay

Sep 21, 2016
Employees will be entitled to overtime unless they are paid more than $900 a week.
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New overtime rules mean changes for nonprofits and their employees

Sep 15, 2016
Nonprofits are scrambling to figure out how to comply with new overtime rules.
Workers at the Osceola Council on Aging in Kissimmee clean up after preparing and delivering 1,000 meals to senior citizens in the community.
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