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More US workers will be eligible for overtime pay

More US workers will be eligible for overtime pay

More US workers will be eligible for overtime pay

More than four million Americans will become eligible for overtime pay for the first time, under new rules issued by the Obama administration.

The policy changes are intended to counter an erosion in overtime protections, which date from the 1930s and require employers to pay one and a half times a worker's regular salary for any work over 40 hours a week.

But in the fast food and retail industries in particular, many employees are deemed "managers" and work long hours, but are paid barely more than the people they supervise.

Under the new rules, first released in draft form last summer, the annual salary threshold at which companies can deny overtime pay will be doubled from 23,660 dollars (£16,430) to nearly 47,500 (£32,980).

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