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Salary threshold for exempt workers to rise

More workers in New York will be eligible for overtime payments under a Labor Department rule revision scheduled to go into effect on Jan. 1, 2020. Previously, the salary threshold required to consider a worker "exempt" from the provisions of the National Labor Relations Act was $23,660 annually. In addition, exempt workers must have a significant amount of autonomy or management authority in their positions. The rules finalized on Sept. 24, 2019, will make around 1.3 million more workers across the country eligible for overtime pay. The salary threshold will be raised to $35,568.

Construction company owner jailed for wage and hour violations

Construction companies in New York are required to pay workers on public projects a predetermined hourly rate. This prevailing wage is set by local authorities, and in New York City, it is established by the Office of the City Comptroller. Failing to pay the prevailing wage can lead to criminal sanctions including jail time, which is what happened recently in a case involving the owner of a Long Island contractor.

Did you become eligible for overtime pay this year?

You may not have paid attention to changes made to the basic salary threshold by the New York Department of Labor in Dec. 2016. Perhaps that was because it didn't affect you in 2017. Now that it's a new year, your employment status may have changed, and you may now be eligible for overtime even as a salaried employee.

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