Overtime Law Changes in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania recently enacted an amendment to the Minimum Wage Act, expressly permitting the use of the 8-80 method to calculate overtime for healthcare workers.  The amendment essentially aligns Pennsylvania with federal law, which mandates overtime pay for work performed in excess of 8 hours a day, or 80 hours in a 14-day period for healthcare employees.

House Bill 1820 also amends Pennsylvania’s Minimum Wage Act to exempt airlines from the requirement to pay overtime rates for hours employees work in excess of 40 hours per week when the overtime is due to a voluntary agreement among employees and an employer to trade shifts.

Prior to the bill’s amendment, Pennsylvania airline and health care employees were often denied schedule or shift changes because overtime pay would be required by law.  Under the new law, employees have greater flexibility to trade shifts with fellow employees.

If you have questions about Pennsylvania employment law, or any other topic concerning your business, the attorneys at the Scolieri Law Group, P.C. can help.  Located in western Pennsylvania, our attorneys are experienced in Pennsylvania business law and can help you navigate regulations affecting your business. Contact us today at (412)765-0546 or info@scolierilaw.com.