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DOL Sets Final Overtime Rule

On September 24, 2019, the U.S. Department of Labor announced a final
rule to make 1.3 million American workers newly eligible for overtime
pay.

The final rule updates the earnings thresholds necessary to exempt executive, administrative and professional employees from the Fair Labor Standards Act’s (FLSA) minimum wage and overtime pay requirements, and allows employers to count a portion of certain bonuses/commissions toward meeting the salary level. The new thresholds account for growth in employee earnings since the thresholds were last updated in 2004.

In the final rule, the Department is:

  • raising the “standard salary level” from the currently enforced level of $455 per week to $684 per week (equivalent to $35,568 per year for a full-year worker);
  • raising the total annual compensation requirement for “highly compensated employees” from the currently enforced level of $100,000 per year to $107,432 per year;
  • allowing employers to use non-discretionary bonuses and incentive payments (including commissions)
  • paid at least annually to satisfy up to 10% of the standard salary level, in recognition of evolving pay
  • practices; and
  • revising the special salary levels for workers in U.S. territories and the motion picture industry.

Disclaimer: This final rule has been submitted to the Office of the Federal Register (OFR) for publication, and is currently pending placement on public inspection at the OFR and publication in the Federal Register. This version of the final rule may vary slightly from the published document if minor technical or formatting changes are made during the OFR review process. Only the version published in the Federal Register is the official final rule.
The final rule is effective on January 1, 2020.
Below are some additional resources

Final rule
Fact sheet
Frequently asked questions
Small Entity Compliance Guide
Learn more about overtime pay