Governor Wolf believes in a simple rule: you should be paid fairly for hard work.
For far too long, workers in Pennsylvania have not been getting paid fairly for working overtime. The state’s overtime pay rules haven’t been changed in 40 years. Governor Wolf changed that yesterday. As the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports:
“Gov. Tom Wolf announced his administration will roll out new labor rules that will increase overtime pay for about 460,000 workers in Pennsylvania who currently make too much to qualify for the time-and-a-half pay for extra hours worked.”
Because the state’s overtime rules did not adjust with inflation, a salaried worker whose earnings were below the poverty line still might not have been eligible for overtime pay. This meant that employees could be working upwards of 50 and 60 hours a week without earning time-and-a-half. Governor Wolf recognizes that the people of Pennsylvania deserve to get paid fairly in exchange for their hard work, but these outdated laws made that impossible.
So the governor took matters into his own hands and announced yesterday at The Fresh Grocer of Grays Ferry in Philadelphia alongside legislators, local elected officials, store management, staff, and local workers that he will raise the salary level which determines overtime eligibility.
Over four years, 460,000 people will see a wage increase. The threshold will also continue to update automatically every three years to ensure that it is constantly adjusting to inflation and not leaving any workers behind.
In addition to directly improving the lives of Pennsylvania’s workers, the changes are also expected to generate more competitive salaries and reduce turnover, thus keeping more high quality, high paying jobs in the state.
Governor Wolf understands the tangible impact updating overtime pay rules will have on Pennsylvanian families.
“It’s simple, if you work overtime, then you should get paid fairly for it. This important step will put more money into the pockets of hardworking people and will help expand the middle class in Pennsylvania.”