61,000 Louisianans expected to be impacted by federal overtime rules

    An estimated 61,000 Louisiana workers will be eligible for overtime pay under new federal rules that go into effect Dec. 1, the U.S. Department of Labor says. The department has created a map showing the number of workers in each state impacted by the new rules, which extends overtime protections to 4.2 million American workers. 

    Starting next month, the salary threshold at which workers are eligible to receive overtime pay increases from $455 per week to $913, or $47,476. The new federal rule also automatically updates the salary threshold every three years, based on wage growth over time.

    The U.S. Department of Labor says the new rules are meant to strengthen overtime protections for salaried workers already entitled to overtime pay and to provide greater clarity for workers and employers.

    Employers can respond to the changes by either limiting salaried workers to 40 hours per week, increasing workers’ salaries above the new threshold, or paying employees time-and-a-half for overtime work.

    California and Texas have the most workers impacted with 392,000 and 370,000, respectively.

    Read a Business Report feature on how human resources departments and employers are preparing for the pending pay change.

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