Ask the Experts: White Collar Exemptions

Federal Employment Law Update — April 2019
April 8, 2019
Ask the Experts: Preparing for New Overtime Thresholds
April 16, 2019

white collar exemptions

Question: What determines if an employee falls within one of the FLSA white collar exemptions?

Answer: Under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), to qualify for exemption, a white collar employee generally must:

  • Be salaried, meaning that he or she is paid a predetermined and fixed salary that is not subject to reduction because of variations in the quality or quantity of work performed (the “salary basis test”);
  • Be paid at least a specified weekly salary level, which is currently $455 per week and proposed at $679 per week effective January 1, 2020 (the equivalent of $35,308 annually for a full-year worker) (the “salary level test”); and
  • Primarily perform executive, administrative, or professional duties, as defined in the DOL’s regulations (the “duties test”).

Certain white collar employees are not subject to either the salary basis or salary level tests (for example, doctors, teachers, outside salespeople, and lawyers).

Be in the Know

Learn what you need to know about the Department of Labor’s proposed changes to white collar exemptions and several other hot wage and hour issues at our April 16 webinar. ThinkHR customers have access to detailed information on state and federal overtime rules by logging into Comply.

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