More than 60k La. workers to be protected under new overtime rules
BATON ROUGE- In 2014, President Barack Obama directed the Secretary of Labor to update the overtime regulations resulting in more money in state workers’ pockets.
The new federal overtime rules, which take effect in December, will raise the salary threshold indicating eligibility from $455 a week to $913 ($47,476 per year). The new rules will extend protection to 4.2 million workers across the nation, 61,000 of those who work in Louisiana, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.
The new rules state that the salary threshold will be updated every three years, based on wage growth over time.
Under the new rules, employers can pay time-and-a-half for overtime work, raise workers’ salaries above the new threshold and limit workers’ overtime hours to 40 per week.