FairPay Overtime


WASHINGTON, DC — Just a little reminder that as of August 23, a few things have changed when it comes to paying overtime for your employees.

What's changed:

  • Those workers earning less than $23,660 a year, or $455 a week, are guaranteed overtime protection regardless of their duties or titles.

  • To be exempt from overtime, workers must be paid a set salary and not an hourly wage. That salary must be at least $23,660 a year and their duties must be “administrative,” “professional” or “executive.”

  • White-collar workers who earn more than $100,000 a year are automatically exempt from overtime pay.

  • Also, note that when state law differs from the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), an employer must follow the standard that is most protective to employees.

What's stayed the same:

  • Most workers must still be paid at least the $5.15 minimum wage rate.

  • Overtime is still considered time and a half of the regular pay for hours worked over 40 in a workweek.

For more information about “FairPay” or other labor questions, visit www.wagehour.dol.gov or call 1-866-4US-WAGE.

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