The federal Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”) imposes a general requirement that employers pay overtime to non-exempt employees for hours worked in excess of 40 hours per workweek. Section 7(j) of FLSA provides, however, that certain employers in the health care industry can rely on the “8/80” method of overtime calculation instead of the standard 40 hour workweek approach.
A 2010 decision by the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas called in to question whether the 8/80 method was permissible under the Pennsylvania Minimum Wage Act. On June 28, 2012, however, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett was presented with legislation, seemingly in response to the court’s decision, that would amend the PMWA to permit use of the 8/80 method by health care institutions in the Commonwealth.
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