June 12, 2024

2 mins

Understanding Changes to Overtime and Salary Laws in 2024

On April 23, 2024, the U.S. Department of Labor introduced a significant update to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) regarding overtime exemptions, titled "Defining and Delimiting the Exemptions for Executive, Administrative, Professional, Outside Sales, and Computer Employees." This new rule, effective from July 1, 2024, modifies the exemptions from minimum wage and overtime pay requirements, primarily impacting executive, administrative, professional, outside sales, and computer employees.

Impact on Employers

Salary Threshold Increase: The salary requirement for exempt employees will increase from the current $35,568 to $43,888 per year starting July 1, 2024, and will further rise to $58,656 per year on January 1, 2025. For highly compensated employees, the threshold will rise from $107,432 to $132,964 in July 2024, and then to $151,164 in January 2025.

Employer Actions: Employers must assess their payroll and decide whether to increase salaries to maintain exemptions or reclassify employees as non-exempt, making them eligible for overtime pay. This involves reviewing employee classifications, updating payroll systems, and possibly restructuring roles and responsibilities to align with new financial constraints and legal requirements.

Regular Updates: Starting July 1, 2027, the salary thresholds will be updated every three years, allowing for timely adjustments based on current earnings data. This will require ongoing attention from employers to ensure compliance.

Preparation and Compliance: Employers are encouraged to prepare for these changes by reviewing their current employee classifications, adjusting compensation plans, and ensuring that their payroll systems are updated to reflect these changes. Training for newly non-exempt employees on timekeeping and overtime rules is also advisable.

Anticipated Challenges: The rule may face legal challenges, particularly the increase set for January 2025. Employers should stay informed about any legal developments that could impact the implementation of the new thresholds.

Inclusion of Bonuses and Incentives: Employers can continue to use nondiscretionary bonuses, incentives, and commission payments to satisfy up to 10% of the salary level requirement, provided these payments are made on an annual or more frequent basis.

Strategic Considerations

Employers should start by auditing their current employee classifications to determine which employees are affected by the new salary thresholds. They will need to decide whether to increase salaries to meet the new thresholds or reclassify employees as non-exempt. This decision involves not only financial considerations but also managing employee expectations and maintaining morale.

The update is a significant shift in labor law aiming to expand overtime eligibility to more workers, ensuring fair compensation for longer working hours and reflecting changes in the cost of living and wage growth. Employers are advised to consult with legal or HR experts to navigate these changes effectively and ensure compliance with both federal and state employment laws.

As the new law takes effect, employers should stay informed on the legal landscape and be prepared to make further adjustments as needed. They should also ensure that their timekeeping systems and payroll processes are robust enough to handle potentially increased overtime tracking and compliance requirements.

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