Increasing the Overtime Salary Threshold Is Family-Friendly Policy – Women, Minorities, and Younger and Less-Educated Workers Would Be Most Helped

Source: Heidi Shierholz, Economic Policy Institute, Issue Brief #382, August 20, 2014

From the summary:
This issue brief investigates the characteristics of workers who would benefit from a proposed increase in the salary threshold below which all salaried workers are covered by overtime protections of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FSLA). It finds:
– 6.1 million workers would be newly covered by an increase in the salary threshold from $455 per week to $984 per week.
– The newly covered workers would be those at the low end of the salary scale who have limited individual bargaining power and would therefore benefit from the overtime protections of the FLSA.
– The increase would disproportionately help women, blacks, Hispanics, workers under age 35, and workers with lower levels of education because these workers are more likely than other subgroups to have lower salaries that put them below the proposed new threshold….