1.3 Million More Workers Will Be Eligible for Overtime Pay Under Final DOL Rule

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) yesterday issued its final rule on overtime pay under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) increasing the salary thresholds for workers to be considered “exempt” and opening the door to an estimated 1.3 million workers receiving overtime pay next year.

For the past 15 years, employees generally could be exempt from overtime pay – defined as time and a half compensation for work beyond 40 hours in a given week – if they were paid certain minimum amounts on a “salary basis,” meaning that they are paid a fixed salary not subject to reduction because of variations in the quality or quantity of work.

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