Proposed bill would provide $8.8M in overtime for salaried Mainers

Nearly all hourly workers are guaranteed overtime when they work more than 40 hours. The guarantee also applies to workers who earn an annual salary of less than $36,000.

But that level hasn’t been adjusted in recent years to keep up with inflation, according to the Maine Center for Economic Policy. The center noted that during the 1970s, 65% of salaried Mainers earned below the salary cap and were thus entitled to overtime. Today, 20% of those earning salaries receive that benefit.

Click here to read the full story, first published February 12, 2020, in MaineBiz.