Pennsylvania overtime for computer employees

Overtime Pay for Computer Employees in Pennsylvania

  • Do you work as a computer programmer, system engineer or a similar job?
  • Do you work more than 40 hours per week?
  • Do you NOT receive time and a-half for all hours worked over 40 per week?

Under Pennsylvania state labor laws, overtime pay of at least 1 ½ times the employee’s regular wage rate must be paid for all hours worked over 40 in a workweek. In Pennsylvania, state law overrides certain federal overtime pay laws which are less favorable to workers. For example, computer employees are not considered “exempt” from the overtime requirements as they are under federal law and therefore are typically entitled to receive overtime pay.

Unlike federal law, Pennsylvania overtime laws do not provide an overtime exemption for employees earning more than $100,000 per year, . This means that even highly compensated computer programmers, system engineers and similar workers may be entitled to overtime pay.

Pennsylvania labor law also differs from federal law in that it does not allow the use of the fluctuating workweek method (aka “Chinese Overtime“) of paying overtime to salaried workers whose workweek fluctuates above and below 40 hours per week. This results in a significantly higher overtime pay rate for any worker who is owed overtime pay.

If you are employed in Pennsylvania as a computer programmer, system engineer or a similar job and are not 100% certain that you are not legally entitled to overtime pay, you should contact the overtime pay experts at The Lore Law Firm for a free and confidential review of your particular situation. You have nothing to lose – the review is free and we work on a straight contingency basis, meaning there is no fee if there is no recovery.


  • Wait / Delay: Strict time limits apply to overtime claims. Generally, recovery is limited to the 2-3 year period prior to the date the claim is filed.
  • Rely on your boss or HR for critical information about your overtime pay rights.

Our firm has a national practice and represents individuals across the country in overtime wage and hour claims. Our focus, commitment, and mission are to aggressively protect the rights of workers to receive “fair pay” for every hour of the work day. For more than a decade, we have dedicated ourselves to preserving and protecting the rights of individual employees. No matter how high the stakes and regardless of how large the company — we fight to win, until the end.

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