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Legal Update: Final Overtime Rule

24 Sep 2019 3:33 PM | Melanie Ridlon (Administrator)

Today the U.S. Department of Labor announced a final rule, effective on January 1, 2020, to make 1.3 million American workers eligible for overtime pay under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). 

The final rule updates the earnings thresholds necessary to exempt executive, administrative, or professional employees from the FLSA’s minimum wage and overtime pay requirements, and allows employers to count a portion of certain bonuses/commissions towards meeting the salary level.

In the final rule, the Department is:

•     raising the “standard salary level” from the currently enforced level of $455 to $684 per week (equivalent to $35,568 per year for a full-year worker);

•     raising the total annual compensation level for “highly compensated employees (HCE)” from the currently-enforced level of $100,000 to $107,432 per year;

•     allowing employers to use nondiscretionary bonuses and incentive payments (including commissions) that are paid at least annually to satisfy up to 10 percent of the standard salary level, in recognition of evolving pay practices; and

•     revising the special salary levels for workers in U.S. territories and in the motion picture industry.

More information about the final rule is available at

If you have any questions regarding the final overtime rule or other employment matters, you may contact Jenny Holt Teeter or Brianna C. Cook

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