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Can a non-exempt employee manage another non-exempt employee?
Yes, it is completely fine for non-exempt employees to manage other non-exempt employees. In fact, employers are under no obligation to classify any employees as exempt, even if they meet the criteria under the Fair Labor Standards Act. If employers wish, they may have an entire workforce of non-exempt employees. The important thing is to follow any wage and hour laws applicable to non-exempt employees, including paying them for any overtime.
Kyle Cupp is an HR certified professional author, editor, and researcher specializing in workplace culture, retention strategies, and the employee experience. He has previously worked with book publishers, educational institutions, magazines, news and opinion websites, nationally-known business leaders, and non-profit organizations. His writing has appeared in The Daily Beast, The Week, and elsewhere.