New rules apply to workers’ salary pay

May 02, 2024 at 11:15 am by Observer-Review

On Tuesday, April 23, the U.S. Department of Labor announced a final rule, “Defining and Delimiting the Exemptions for Executive, Administrative, Professional, Outside Sales, and Computer Employees,” which will take effect on July 1, 2024. The final rule updates and revises the regulations issued under the Fair Labor Standards Act implementing the exemption from minimum wage and overtime pay requirements for executive, administrative, and professional (EAP) employees. Revisions include increases to the standard salary level and the highly compensated employee total annual compensation threshold, and a mechanism that provides for the timely and efficient updating of these earnings thresholds to reflect current earnings data.
Employees are exempt from the Fair Labor Standards Act’s minimum wage and overtime protections if they are employed in a bona fide executive, administrative, or professional capacity, as those terms are defined in the department’s regulations.
To fall within the EAP exemption, an employee generally must meet three tests:
• be paid a salary, meaning that they are paid a predetermined and fixed amount that is not subject to reduction because of variations in the quality or quantity of work performed;
• be paid at least a specified weekly salary level; and
• primarily perform executive, administrative, or professional duties, as provided in the Department’s regulations.
The department’s regulations also provide an alternative test for certain highly compensated employees who are paid a salary, earn above a higher total annual compensation level, and satisfy a minimal duties test.
The final rule will increase the standard salary level and the highly compensated employee total annual compensation threshold on the rule’s effective date on July 1, 2024, and on Jan. 1, 2025, when changes in the methodologies used to calculate these levels become applicable. The final rule also provides for future updates of these levels every three years to reflect current earnings data. These scheduled increases are displayed below.
In summary: Before July 1, 2024, the minimums were $684 per week for a standard salary level (equivalent to $35,568 per year) or $107,432 per year for a highly compensated employee (including at least $684 per week). On July 1, 2024, that moves to $844 per week (equivalent to $43,888 per year) or $132,964 per year. By Jan. 1, 2025, it goes to $1,128 per week (equivalent to $58,656 per year) or $151,164 per year.
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