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Can part-timers be salaried workers?

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Q. Can we pay any of our part-time employees as salaried employees?

A. Yes, the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) says part-time workers can be paid a salary and considered exempt from overtime. Although it is unusual for part-time workers to earn overtime because they rarely work more than 40 hours a week, a part-timer can be deemed exempt if their job duties meet the FLSA exemption criteria.

Even if the part-timers’ job duties qualify as exempt, the FLSA also requires most salaried workers to earn at least $455 a week. If the worker does not earn this amount, even salaried employees must be paid overtime if they work more than 40 hours a week.

To get it right, carefully evaluate on what basis the part-time worker might be considered exempt. Good tool: The DOL’s online FLSA Overtime Security Advisor, which walks you through the overtime exemption decision.

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