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Acosta tells House he backs higher OT threshold, generally

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Labor Secretary Alex Acosta refused to name a target number when members of the House Education and Workforce Committee asked him about plans to raise the white-collar overtime salary threshold.

Set at $23,660 since 2004, the threshold sets the overtime pay bar—those who earn less than that qualify for overtime pay when they work more than 40 hours in a workweek. Acosta allowed he supports a higher threshold.

He has previously said he supports raising it to somewhere near $33,000 per year. Pressed on the issue Nov. 15 when testifying before the House committee, he declined to offer a specific threshold amount.

Asked about other wage-and-hour issues, Acosta said he thought it should be up to Congress whether to raise the federal minimum wage.

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