On Aug. 30, 2023, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced a proposed rule to amend current requirements employees in white collar occupations must satisfy to qualify for an overtime exemption under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

The proposed rule was published in the Federal Register on Sept. 8, 2023. The general public must submit comments on the proposal by Nov. 7, 2023.

Increased Salary Level

The FLSA white collar exemptions apply to individuals in executive, administrative, professional, and some outside sales and computer-related occupations. Some highly compensated employees may also qualify for the FLSA white collar overtime exemption.

To qualify for this exemption, white collar employees must satisfy the standard salary level test, among other criteria. This salary level is a wage threshold that white collar employees must receive to qualify for the exemption.

The DOL is proposing to increase the standard salary level from:

  • $684 to $1,059 per week ($55,068 per year); and
  • $107,432 to $143,988 per year for highly compensated employees.
Automatic Updates

The DOL proposal also includes mechanisms that would allow the agency to automatically update the white collar salary level thresholds automatically every three years without having to rely on the rulemaking process.

Comment Period

The federal rulemaking process requires the DOL to allow the public to comment on proposed regulations before the agency adopts and implements final regulations.

For this rule, the DOL has established a 60-day comment period. The comment period for this proposal will close on Nov. 7, 2023. Those wishing to comment on the proposal must submit their feedback to the agency by this deadline.

Impact on Employers

The proposal does not impose any new requirements on employers at this time. However, employers should become familiar with the proposed rule and evaluate what changes they may need to adopt if the rule is implemented as proposed.

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