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Governor Seeks Change to Overtime Pay Rights

Oct 25, 2019

The threshold for those given overtime pay rights would increase under a proposal by Governor Gretchen Whitmer and it has gained national attention.  Currently, those working in an executive, administrative, or professional capacity making $23,660 annually must receive overtime pay. Beginning on January 1, 2020, federal law will increase the threshold to $35,500 annually. However, Governor Whitmer has directed the Department of Labor and Economic Growth to submit a request for rulemaking to expand the right to overtime pay to additional Michigan workers. According to her office, the federal expansion will apply to less than one in six Michigan workers. Once the request for rulemaking is submitted, the process to finalize an overtime rule could take between 6 to 12 months.

To read the full request, please click here.

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