Pennsylvania wage & hour law: Understand the new rules for 2007

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New wage and hour laws came in with the new year for Pennsylvania employers. Hidden in the new minimum-wage law fine print is a new set of rules governing everything from meal breaks to comp time.

Some policies are held over from the previous law, but some are brand new. And even though small employers won a break on the minimum wage, all employers have to abide by the rest of the new law.

Overtime and comp time. Pennsylvania follows federal law in regard to overtime and compensatory time.

Unlike some other states that allow comp time in very limited cases, Pennsylvania did not change this part of its law. Employers must pay all nonexempt employees time and a half for all hours beyond 40 hours worked in a week. In Pennsylvania, you can’t allow employees to take compensatory time off in lieu of payment.

If you pay a nonexempt employee a salary, you must still pay overtime for hours worked over 40 in a week. The salar...(register to read more)

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