Congress has let overtime provisions remain as “pending” for several years. (CQ Roll Call File Photo)
Congress has gone 11 years without implementing changes to the income thresholds for paying staffers overtime, and the overtime standards in practice today on Capitol Hill are so antiquated they date back to 1975.
In short, that means the annual salary one can make in Congress before being eligible for overtime is $155 a week, or about $8,060 a year. That’s a far cry from the Labor Department’s proposed threshold annual salary of $50,440, and still dramatically lower than the $23,660 income threshold the Labor Department adopted in 2004.
That’s because Congress never fully implemented changes to adopt the current standards.