A new rule unveiled by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) on August 30 could significantly expand the number of employees eligible for overtime pay. If this rule is ultimately approved and put into effect, it would broaden overtime protections to encompass approximately 3.6 million additional workers, as stated by the DOL.
The DOL's proposal involves raising the annual salary-level threshold for white-collar exemptions from overtime requirements under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Specifically, the threshold would be increased from $35,568 to $55,068. Additionally, for highly compensated employees, the proposed threshold adjustment would see an increase from $107,432 to $143,988. Furthermore, the department is recommending automatic adjustments to the overtime threshold every three years.
The rules governing overtime and exemptions are complex. The attorneys at Outside Legal Counsel are well versed in this area and are available for a consultation to both employers and employees.
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