Overtime rules under microscope

U.S. proposes new overtime pay thresholds while Canada labour standards reviews could lead to new rules in some provinces
By Sheila Brawn
|Canadian Payroll Reporter|Last Updated: 08/04/2015

Millions more workers in the United States may soon be eligible for overtime pay. And if workers’ rights advocates in Canada have their way, overtime rules may change here, too.

The United States Department of Labor is proposing to update regulations governing which executive, administrative and professional employees (often called "white-collar" workers) are entitled to overtime pay under its Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). U.S. President Barack Obama says the changes would extend overtime pay to almost five million workers.

The FLSA covers most employees in the United States regardless of the state in which they work. Exceptions apply for employees and employers in states that have their own labour standards laws that are stricter than the FLSA.