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DOL Announces Final Overtime Rule Increasing Salary Levels for White-collar Employees

On April 23, 2024, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced a final rule to amend current requirements employees in white-collar occupations must satisfy to qualify for an overtime exemption under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The FLSA white-collar exemptions apply to individuals in executive, administrative, professional, and some outside sales and computer-related occupations. Some highly compensated employees may also qualify for the FLSA white-collar overtime exemption. The final rule takes effect on July 1, 2024.

Increased Salary Level

 

To qualify for this exemption, white-collar employees must satisfy the standard salary level test, among other criteria. This salary level is a wage threshold that white-collar employees must receive to qualify for the exemption.

 

Starting July 1, 2024, the DOL’s final rule increases the standard salary level from: 

  • $684 to $844 per week ($35,568 to $43,888 per year); and
  • $107,432 to $132,964 per year for highly compensated employees.

On Jan. 1, 2025, the standard salary level will then increase from:

  • $844 to $1,128 per week ($43,888 to $58,656 per year); and
  • $132,964 to $151,164 per year for highly compensated employees.

Automatic Updates

The DOL’s final rule also includes mechanisms that allow the agency to automatically update the white-collar salary level thresholds without having to rely on the rulemaking process. Effective July 1, 2027, and every three years thereafter, the DOL will increase the standard salary level. The agency will apply up-to-date wage data to determine new salary levels.

Employer Takeaway

Employers should become familiar with the final rule and evaluate what changes they may need to adopt to comply with the rule’s requirements.

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