Employment and Labor Laws

Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania Minimum Wage, Overtime, Hours and Leave Laws


Minimum Wage

Pennsylvania’s current minimum wage is $7.25.

For more information on Pennsylvania’s minimum wage laws, visit our Pennsylvania Minimum Wage Laws page, which includes topics such as minimum wage, tip minimum wage, tip sharing and pooling, and subminimum wages.

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Overtime

Pennsylvania labor laws require an employer to pay overtime to employees, unless otherwise exempt, at the rate of 1½ times the employee’s regular rate of pay for all hours worked in excess of 40 hours in a workweek. PA Dept. of Labor: Wage and Hour FAQs. See FLSA: Overtime for more information regarding overtime requirements.


Prevailing Wages

Under certain circumstances, employers in Pennsylvania may be required to pay residents wage rates established by the federal or state prevailing wage rates and rules. The prevailing wage rates may be different from the state’s standard minimum wage rates. Employees may be eligible for prevailing wages if they work on federal or state government or government-funded construction projects or perform certain federal or state government services. See the Pennsylvania Prevailing Wages, Davis-Bacon and Related Acts, McNamara-O’Hara Service Contract Act (SCA), and Walsh-Healey Public Contracts Act (PCA) for more information about prevailing wages.


Meals and Breaks

Pennsylvania labor laws require employers to provide a thirty (30) minute break period to employees ages fourteen (14) through seventeen (17) who work five (5) or more consecutive hours. PA Statute 43-40.3(a)

Employers are not required to provide breaks to employees eighteen (18) and over. PA Dept. of Labor: Wage and Hour FAQs. If an employer chooses to provide a break and it lasts less than twenty (20) minutes, it must be paid. If an employer provides a meal period, it does not need to be paid if the employee does not work during the meal period and it lasts more than twenty (20) minutes. PA Dept. of Labor: Wage and Hour FAQs


Nursing Mother Breaks

Pennsylvania labor laws do not require employers to provide nursing mothers with breaks to express breast milk. However, the federal Fair Labor Standards Act requires certain employees to provide nonexempt nursing mothers for one (1) year following a child’s birth with reasonable rest breaks to express milk and private spaces, other than a bathroom, to express breast milk.


Vacation Leave

Information about Pennsylvania vacation leave laws may now be found on our Pennsylvania Leave Laws page.


Sick Leave

Information about Pennsylvania sick leave laws may now be found on our Pennsylvania Leave Laws page.


Holiday Leave

Information about Pennsylvania holiday leave laws may now be found on our Pennsylvania Leave Laws page.


Jury Duty Leave

Information about Pennsylvania jury duty leave laws may now be found on our Pennsylvania Leave Laws page.


Voting Leave

Information about Pennsylvania voting leave laws may now be found on our Pennsylvania Leave Laws page.


Severance Pay

Pennsylvania labor laws do not require employers to provide employees with severance pay. PA Dept. of Labor: Wage and Hour FAQs. If an employer chooses to provide severance benefits, it must comply with the terms of its established policy or employment contract.


Unemployment

Under certain circumstances, Pennsylvania residents may be eligible for unemployment benefits while they search for another job. You are required to certify that you are unemployed on a weekly basis to receive these benefits. See Pennsylvania State Unemployment Benefits.


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