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June 18, 2024

Effective July 1, 2024, businesses across the United States will experience significant changes due to the U.S. Department of Labor's final rule issued under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Understanding these updates is crucial for ensuring compliance and avoiding potential penalties. This article breaks down the key aspects of the final rule and what it means for your organization.


Overview of the U.S. Department of Labor's Final Rule

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced a final rule implementing the exemptions from minimum wage and overtime pay requirements for executive, administrative, professional, outside sales, and computer employees. This rule amends the regulations at 29 CFR part 541 under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Following a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking published on September 8, 2023, in the Federal Register, the final rule introduces several critical changes:

Increase in the Standard Salary Level: Effective July 1, 2024, the standard salary level for exempt employees will be $844 per week. This amount will further increase to $1,128 per week starting January 1, 2025.

Increase in Highly Compensated Employee (HCE) Total Annual Compensation: The total annual compensation level for HCEs will rise to $132,964 on July 1, 2024, and subsequently to $151,164 on January 1, 2025.

Regular Updates: The rule adopts a mechanism to update the earnings thresholds every three years to ensure they remain aligned with economic conditions.

These changes, which will take effect on July 1, 2024, are designed to ensure that more employees are eligible for overtime pay, reflecting changes in the cost of living and inflation.


Who is Affected by the Final Rule?

The final rule impacts a wide range of employees and employers across various sectors. Specifically, it affects:

Executive, Administrative, and Professional Employees: Employees classified under these categories must meet the new salary thresholds to maintain their exempt status.

Highly Compensated Employees (HCEs): Employees who earn above the new HCE compensation levels will be affected by the updated thresholds.

Outside Sales and Computer Employees: These categories are also subject to the new regulations, ensuring that they receive appropriate compensation for their roles.

Businesses need to review their employee classifications and compensation structures to ensure compliance with the updated FLSA standards.


FLSA Overtime Changes

One of the most significant updates in the final rule is the change in FLSA overtime regulations. Under the FLSA, non-exempt employees are entitled to overtime pay at one and a half times their regular rate for hours worked over 40 in a workweek. With the new rule:

Salary Threshold Increase: Employees earning below the new standard salary levels ($844 per week starting July 1, 2024, and $1,128 per week starting January 1, 2025) must be paid overtime for hours worked beyond the standard 40-hour workweek.

HCE Threshold Update: Employees classified as HCEs must meet the updated total annual compensation levels to remain exempt from overtime requirements.

Employers need to adjust their payroll systems and practices to accommodate these changes, ensuring accurate overtime calculations and payments.


FLSA Minimum Salary Changes

The minimum salary requirements for exempt employees have also been revised:

Standard Salary Level: As of July 1, 2024, the minimum salary for exempt employees will be $844 per week. This figure will increase to $1,128 per week on January 1, 2025.

HCE Annual Compensation: The minimum total annual compensation for HCEs will be $132,964 starting July 1, 2024, and $151,164 beginning January 1, 2025.

These adjustments are aimed at providing fair compensation and ensuring that salary levels keep pace with economic changes.


What Employers Need to Know

Review Employee Classifications

Employers must review and, if necessary, reclassify employees based on the new salary thresholds to ensure compliance with FLSA regulations.

Update Payroll Systems

Payroll systems need to be updated to reflect the new salary and compensation levels, ensuring accurate calculation of wages and overtime.

Train HR and Payroll Staff

HR and payroll staff should be trained on the new regulations to handle the changes effectively and ensure ongoing compliance.

Communicate Changes to Employees

Clear communication with employees about the changes and how they might affect their compensation is crucial for maintaining transparency and trust.

Plan for Regular FLSA Updates

With the new mechanism for updating earnings thresholds every three years, employers should establish processes to stay current with future adjustments.


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