10 Reasons Why You Should GAF About Overtime originally appeared on Kinja.
Millions of workers, maybe even you, have been working overtime without ever seeing a dime. That’s not right. Thankfully, the U.S. Department of Labor is expected to announce a proposal soon to increase the salary threshold for receiving overtime pay. In short, you could be about to get a raise you might not have even known you already should have. Here’s why you should definitely GAF about the new overtime rule:
1. The only way you’re getting overtime coverage right now is if you make a poverty-level salary for a family of four. That’s less than $23,660.
2. It’s a good bet that you’re not covered. Not only is the salary threshold way too low, it also only covers 11% of salaried workers, leaving 88% of the workforce to work long hours without compensation.
3. 1975 was the last time the overtime salary threshold kept pace with inflation, aka the last year that bell-bottoms were in style (thankfully).
4. Have a sneaking suspicion you’re missing out on some money? Well spoiler alert, you probably are. If you are a salaried employee earning more than $23,660 and you work more than 40 hours a week, your boss can easily deny you overtime pay and essentially make you work for free.
5. Show us the $$$—Most Americans are in favor of paying employees for the extra hours they work each week.