Wolf wants OT expansion amid federal inaction


HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – Stymied by Republicans in his effort to pass a law raising the minimum wage, Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf is moving to boost pay in Pennsylvania by making hundreds of thousands of additional salaried employees eligible for overtime pay.

Wolf unveiled his proposal Wednesday. Wolf says raising the overtime threshold would strengthen the middle class, boost the economy and help make wages fairer.

The proposed regulation would need approval from a five-member agency board that has a 3-2 Democratic majority. The process could take more than a year.

The regulation would require that salaried workers earning up to almost $48,000 a year in 2022 get time-and-a-half pay for any time they work over 40 hours in a week.

Pennsylvania’s current threshold is set at the federal baseline of $23,660, which took effect in 2004.

California, New York and a handful of other states require overtime pay for salaried workers above the federal baseline.

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