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The New Overtime Pay Rules May Benefit More Than Lower-Salary Workers

Posted by Steve Schram on May 19, 2016 at 10:28 AM

Originally published on May 18, 2016 on ABC News by Susanna Kim.

TheĀ Labor Department's new rules governing overtime pay will affect not just those who earn less than $47,476 a year.

"There are a lot of ways this can play out," Judy Conti, a federal advocacy coordinator for the National Employment Law Project, told ABC News.

Under the new rules finalized today, those who earn salaries of less than $47,476 a year will automatically qualify for overtime pay of time-and-a-half if they work more than 40 hours a week. Previously, those who earned more than $23,660 were exempt from overtime pay. The new rules will affect 4.2 million workers in the U.S. when they go into effect Dec. 1.

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