By Payroll and Entitlements Editorial Staff
The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has released the final white-collar exemption rules (29 CFR 541) on September 24, 2019. As indicated in the DOL’s release, the rules increase the salary threshold, below which employees must be paid overtime if they work more than 40 hours per week, from the current $455 per week ($23,660 annually) to $684 per week (equivalent to $35,568 per year). The figures in the proposed rules were $679 per week (equivalent to $35,308 per year). Above this salary level, eligibility for overtime varies based on job duties.
Highly Compensated. The rule also increases the total annual compensation requirement for "highly compensated employees" from the currently enforced level of $100,000 to $107,432. The figure in the proposed rules was $147,414 per year. Above this salary floor, employees are automatically exempt from overtime.
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