Overtime

Several wage and overtime changes will affect Pennsylvania employers starting August 5, 2022. Some updates bring Pennsylvania’s wage and overtime regulations more in line with the Federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), while others expand the distance between the two.

Employers utilizing tipped employees or a fluctuating workweek method to calculate overtime rates should pay

In October 2020, Pennsylvania regulations took effect that increased the salary threshold for exempt employees to the federal level, and would have increased the threshold above the federal minimum beginning in October 2021.

However, a recent budget compromise between Democratic Governor Tom Wolf and a Republican-led state legislature has resulted in the regulations’ repeal.

On March 3, 2021, U.S. District Judge William Alsup of the Northern District of California said he would partially rule in favor of a class of California retail industry workers against Apple, finding those workers were entitled to be paid for time they spent undergoing bag security checks when exiting Apple’s premises.  The case is

The DOL abruptly ended the Payroll Audit Independent Determination (PAID) program on January 29, 2021.  The program, which was adopted during the Trump administration, allowed employers to self-report FLSA violations before a complaint, pay back pay and avoid liquidated damages, penalties or fines.  Employees were prohibited from bringing private actions to recover additional damages for

The DOL issued an opinion letter on January 19, 2021, finding a wider group of journalists and media personnel qualify for the creative professional exemption under the FLSA.  Traditionally, the DOL and courts found that exemptions under the FLSA should be narrowly construed.  In 2018, the United States Supreme Court upended that standard, finding that