On September 8, 2023, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) Wage and Hour Division (WHD) proposed a critically needed update to the salary threshold for determining whether salaried workers in managerial or professional jobs are exempt from overtime protections under the Fair Labor Standards Act. The current threshold, established under the Trump Administration in 2019, sits at $35,568 per year, only a few thousand dollars above the federal poverty level for a family of four. The newly proposed threshold would update the salary level to $55,068 per year, or $1,059 per week. This increase would benefit an estimated 3.6 million workers, 57% of whom are women, who are disproportionately concentrated in lower-paying jobs with salaries below the proposed threshold. By expanding the number of workers eligible for overtime premium pay, the Department will improve the economic well-being of these workers, including 700,000 women of color.

On November 7, 2023, NWLC submitted a comment letter in support of the proposed rule and urged the Department to make threshold updates more frequently as well as expand these protections to teachers. Additionally, NWLC and the National Partnership for Women & Families led a gender justice community sign-on letter of 50+ organizations, voicing their strong support.