Maine could finally expand overtime pay for thousands of workers


James Myall, a policy analyst with the Maine Center for Economic Policy, told lawmakers that the group estimates that about 26,000 additional salaried workers in the for-profit sector would be eligible for overtime under this bill when fully phased in. While not everyone who is eligible would work extra hours, Myall estimates that about 8,600 people would receive additional pay every year, amounting to about $8.4 million in additional wages.

“This bill is about ensuring that Mainers deserve to get paid fairly for the work they do, and when they go above and beyond expectations, they should be paid accordingly,” Myall said at the public hearing.

Click here to read the full article, first published April 26, 2023 in Beacon.