Pennsylvania Overtime Laws – PA

Updated on Author: Sergei Lemberg

Updated on Author: Sergei Lemberg

What Are The Overtime Laws In Pennsylvania ?

The possibility of earning overtime pay can help get you through what seems like an impossibly long week. It’s important to keep in mind that not every employee qualifies for bonus pay associated with overtime, however. It can be frustrating and confusing to figure out whether or not you are eligible. Understanding Pennsylvania overtime laws ensures that your paycheck meets your expectations.

Review of Overtime Laws in Pennsylvania

Here is an overview highlighting guidelines for Pennsylvania’s overtime laws.

State/Federal Statutes
  • Wage Payment and Collection Law (Pennsylvania Statute)
  • Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) of 1938
Ways to Calculate Overtime Calculation:
  • Hourly: An employee earns overtime at a rate of time and a half for each hour over 40 worked in a single week.
  • Hourly Plus Bonus and/or Commission: To find out how much overtime must be paid in a work week, take the total hours and multiply it by the hourly rate. Add to this number any bonus or commission. Then divide this number by the hours in work week. Overtime pay is compensated at 1.5 times each hour worked over 40.
  • Salary: Divide the regular rate by the number of hours the salary should cover.
    • Any hours less than 40 are to be paid at the regular rate.
    • Hours over 40 are to be paid at time and a half.
Overtime Requirements in Pennsylvania
  • Mandatory after 40 hours. Each hour over must be paid at 1.5 times the normal hourly rate.
  • Workers with salaries over +$100,000 could be eligible to earn overtime pay.
  • Working over 8 hours a day does not result in mandatory overtime.
  • The statute of limitations for collecting unpaid overtime is two years.
  • Computer employees required by Pennsylvania law to receive overtime.
Wage Complaint Filing
  • U.S. Dept. Of Labor Complaint Form
  • PA Dept. Of Labor Complaint Form

What Are the Overtime Laws in Pennsylvania?

State and federal laws govern overtime pay. The federal government has established regulations that provide a minimum for employers nationwide. These laws cover overtime pay as well as child labor and minimum wage. The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) of 1938 encompasses all these laws. While states can add additional laws on top of the FLSA, they cannot take laws away from it.

Pennsylvania’s overtime laws are similar to the federal law in that employees must be paid time and a half for each hour over 40. If an employee typically makes $8 an hour, then their overtime pay would be $12 for all hours worked after 40 hours in an average workweek.

Am I Required to Work Overtime?

Unless you have a prior agreement not to work overtime with your employer, then you can be subject to disciplinary action or termination if you refuse to work overtime.

Are Salaried Employees Eligible for Overtime?

Some employees are exempt from overtime pay. These are positions such as administrative, executive, or professional employees. Additionally, supervisors employed primarily for the position of supervision. However, merely being a salaried employee does not exempt you from being eligible for overtime pay. An employee’s job duties determine their eligibility.

How Is My Overtime Pay Calculated?

To receive overtime pay, employees must work more than 40 hours in a single workweek. Employers are then required by law to pay the employee at a rate of time and a half the standard pay rate for that employee. Adding “comp” (compensatory) time or averaging two or more weeks together does not make an employee eligible for overtime.

Overtime Pay Calculator – Click here to find out how much you could be owed

Who Do Overtime Laws Cover?

Pennsylvania and the FLSA exempt some employees from overtime pay. Administrators, executives, professionals, and outside sales employees do not fall under the category for those eligible for overtime pay. Additionally, for salaried employees to qualify, their earnings must equal at least $455 per week.

Explore the Laws

Make sure you perform your research or speak with a qualified attorney. State laws are complicated and can change. Talking with an attorney will ensure you have the best possible outcome in a wage dispute.

Do You Think You Have a Case? Contact Lemberg Law for Counsel

If you feel that an employer has taken advantage of you or someone you care about, please get in touch with the Lemberg Law legal team. Complete our form for a FREE case evaluation, or call  475-277-2200 NOW. You may be entitled to compensation for damages, injuries, or lost wages for Federal and state wage law violations.

Sergei Lemberg

About the Author:

Sergei Lemberg is an attorney focusing on consumer law, class actions related to automotive issues, and personal injury litigation. With nearly two decades of experience, his areas of practice include Lemon Law (vehicle defects), Debt Collection Harassment, TCPA (illegal robocalls and texts), Fair Credit Reporting Act, Overtime claims, Personal Injury cases, and Class Actions. He has consistently been recognized as the nation's "most active consumer attorney." In 2020, Mr. Lemberg represented Noah Duguid before the United States Supreme Court in the landmark case Duguid v. Facebook. He is also the author of "Defanging Debt Collectors," a guide that empowers consumers to fight back against debt collectors and prevail, as well as "Lemon Law 101: The Laws That Lemon Dealers Don't Want You to Know."

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  • Julie

    Is there any laws about how often or the reasons for Mandation in pa. I work in a factory that mandates us for 12 hrs at a time every week there is a rolling mandate list. They never are not mandating workers and now do it 7 days a week.

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