Pa. Justices' Ruling Highlights Federal, State Wage Law Divide
By Jo Bennett and Osazenoriuwa Ebose (December 11, 2019, 5:29 PM EST) -- The Pennsylvania Supreme Court's recent decision in Chevalier v. General Nutrition Centers Inc. reinforces the message that compliance by employers with federal wage law alone may not insulate them from violations of Pennsylvania wage law. Businesses operating in other states should also take note, as federal and state wage laws often do not align on a range of issues.
In the GNC case, Pennsylvania's high court held that overtime wages for salaried, nonexempt employees under the state wage statute must be calculated using a 1.5 multiplier rather than the 0.5 multiplier permitted under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act. Although it...
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