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DOL releases proposed revisions to ‘white collar’ overtime exemptions

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by John Lassetter, Esq., Littler Mendelson, Minneapolis

On July 6, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) published a 295-page Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) seeking public comments on proposed changes to the “white collar” overtime exemption regulations. The comment period closed on Sept. 4.

The DOL proposes specific changes to the salary level requirements for the majority of the white collar exemptions and also seeks commentary regarding potential changes to the duties tests for the exemptions.

Changes to salary level

In the NPRM, the DOL proposes to:

  • Set the minimum salary required for exemption at the 40th percentile of weekly earnings for full-time salaried workers. Currently, based on 2013 data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, this would amount to a minimum salary of $921 per week or $47,892 annually. However, the DOL expects that the 40th percentile will increase to $970 per week or $50,440 annually by the tim...(register to read more)

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