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Walsh-Healy Act of 1936. Workers employed on government contracts in excess of $10,000 must be paid overtime of 1.5 times the regular rate for all work in excess of 8 hours in one day or forty hours in one week. The Fair Labor Standards Act: Executive, Administrative and Professional Exemptions.

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walsh healy act of 1936
Walsh-Healy Act of 1936
  • Workers employed on government contracts in excess of $10,000 must be paid overtime of 1.5 times the regular rate for all work in excess of 8 hours in one day or forty hours in one week
the fair labor standards act executive administrative and professional exemptions

The Fair Labor Standards Act:Executive, Administrative and Professional Exemptions

Wage and Hour Division

Employment Standards Administration

U.S. Department of Labor

fair labor standards act
Fair Labor Standards Act
  • Federal Minimum Wage: $7.25 per hour
  • Overtime: 1 ½ times the regular rate of pay for all hours over 40 hours in a work week
white collar exemptions
“White Collar” Exemptions
  • Section 13(a)(1) of the FLSA provides an exemption from both minimum wage and overtime pay for employees who are employed in a bona fide:
    • Executive;
    • Administrative;
    • Professional; or
    • Outside Sales capacity.
  • Certain computer employees may be exempt professionals under Section 13(a)(1) or exempt under Section 13(a)(17) of the FLSA.
three tests for exemption
Three Tests for Exemption
  • Salary Level
  • Salary Basis
  • Job Duties
minimum salary level 455
Minimum Salary Level: $455
  • For most employees, the minimum salary level required for exemption is $455 per week
  • Must be paid “free and clear”
  • The $455 per week may be paid in equivalent amounts for periods longer than one week:
    • Biweekly: $910
    • Semimonthly: $985.83
    • Monthly: $1,971.66
highly compensated test
Highly Compensated Test
  • Total annual compensation of at least $100,000
  • At least $455 per week paid on a salary or fee basis
  • Perform office or non-manual work
  • Customarily and regularly perform any one or more of the exempt duties identified in the standard tests for the executive, administrative or professional exemptions
salary basis test
Salary Basis Test
  • Regularly receives a predetermined amount of compensation each pay period (on a weekly or less frequent basis)
  • The compensation cannot be reduced because of variations in the quality or quantity of the work performed
  • Must be paid the full salary for any week in which the employee performs any work
  • Need not be paid for any workweek when no work is performed
review
Review
  • Minimum Salary Level: $455 per week
  • Highly Compensated Level: $100,000 per year
  • Salary Basis:
    • A predetermined amount paid for every week in which the employee performs any work, which is not subject to reduction because of variations in the quality or quantity of work performed
  • The salary level and salary basis tests do not apply to outside sales employees, doctors, lawyers, teachers, and certain computer-related occupations paid at least $27.63 per hour
executive duties13
Executive Duties
  • Primary duty is management of the enterprise or of a customarily recognized department or subdivision;
  • Customarily and regularly directs the work of two or more other employees; and
  • Authority to hire or fire other employees or whose suggestions and recommendations as to hiring, firing, advancement, promotion or other change of status of other employees are given particular weight.
management
Management
  • Interviewing, selecting, and training employees
  • Setting and adjusting pay and work hours
  • Maintaining production or sales records
  • Appraising employee productivity and efficiency
  • Handling employee complaints and grievances
  • Disciplining employees
  • Planning and apportioning work among employees
management15
Management
  • Determining the techniques to be used; the type of materials, supplies, machinery, equipment or tools to be used; or the merchandise to be bought, stocked and sold
  • Providing for the safety and security of employees or property
  • Planning and controlling the budget
  • Monitoring or implementing legal compliance measures
review16
Review
  • Duties requirements for executive exemption:
    • Primary duty of management;
    • Customarily and regularly directs the work of two or more other employees; and
    • Authority to hire or fire or having suggestions and recommendations as to hiring, firing, advancement promotion or any other change of status to other employees be given particular weight.
  • The executive exemption also applies to 20% owners who are actively engaged in management.
administrative duties18
Administrative Duties
  • Whose primary duty is the performance of office or non-manual work directly related to the management or general business operations of the employer or the employer’s customers; and
  • Whose primary duty includes the exercise of discretion and independent judgment with respect to matters of significance.
management or general business operations
Management or General Business Operations
  • Refers to the type of work performed by the employee
  • Work must be directly related to assisting with the running or servicing of the business
  • Does not include working on a manufacturing production line or selling a product in a retail or service establishment
management or general business operations20
Tax

Finance

Accounting

Budgeting

Auditing

Insurance

Quality Control

Purchasing

Procurement

Advertising

Marketing

Research

Safety and Health

Human Resources

Employee Benefits

Labor Relations

Public and Government Relations

Legal and Regulatory Compliance

Computer Network, Internet and Database Administration

Management or General Business Operations
review21
Review
  • Primary duty of the performance of office or non-manual work directly related to the management or general business operations of the employer or the employer’s customers; and
  • Primary duty includes the exercise of discretion and independent judgment with respect to matters of significance.
learned professional
Learned Professional
  • The employee’s primary duty must be the performance of work requiring advanced knowledge
  • In a field of science or learning
  • Customarily acquired by a prolonged course of specialized intellectual instruction
advanced knowledge
Advanced Knowledge
  • Predominately intellectual in character
  • Includes work requiring the consistent exercise of discretion and judgment
  • The advanced knowledge is generally used to analyze, interpret or make deductions from varying facts or circumstances
  • Not work involving routine mental, manual, mechanical, or physical work
  • Cannot be attained at the high school level
field of science or learning
Field of Science or Learning
  • Occupations with recognized professional status, as distinguished from the mechanical arts or skilled trades
other exempt professions
Other Exempt Professions
  • Lawyers
  • Teachers
  • Accountants
  • Pharmacists
  • Engineers
  • Actuaries
  • Chefs
  • Athletic trainers
  • Licensed funeral directors or embalmers
creative professional duties28
Creative Professional Duties
  • The employee’s primary duty must be the performance of work requiring invention, imagination, originality or talent in a recognized field of artistic or creative endeavor
recognized field of artistic or creative endeavor
Recognized Field of Artistic or Creative Endeavor
  • Music
    • Musicians, composers, conductors, soloists
  • Writing
    • Essayists, novelists, short-story writers, play writers
    • Screen play writers who choose their own subjects
    • Responsible writing positions in advertising agencies
  • Acting
  • Graphic Arts
    • Painters, photographers, cartoonists
for more information
For More Information
  • Other resources on the Part 541 exemptions are available at www.dol.gov\fairpay
    • Regulations
    • Preamble
    • Fact Sheets
    • Field Operations Handbook
    • Frequently Asked Questions
  • To ask a specific question or register a comment:
    • Email: fairpay@dol.gov
    • Telephone, toll-free: 1-866-4US-WAGE
when are pay raises required
When are pay raises required?
  • Pay raises are generally a matter of agreement between an employer and employee (or the employee's representative). Pay raises to amounts above the Federal minimum wage are not required by the FLSA.
when must breaks and meal periods be given
When must breaks and meal periods be given?
  • The FLSA does not require breaks or meal periods be given to workers. Some states may have requirements for breaks or meal periods. If you work in a state which does not require breaks or meal periods, these benefits are a matter of agreement between the employer and the employee (or the employee's representative).
how many hours per day or per week can an employee work
How many hours per day or per week can an employee work?
  • The FLSA does not limit the number of hours per day or per week that employees aged 16 years and older can be required to work.
when is double time due
When is double time due?
  • The FLSA has no requirement for double time pay. This is a matter of agreement between an employer and employee (or the employee's representative).
is extra pay required for weekend or night work
Is extra pay required for weekend or night work?
  • Extra pay for working weekends or nights is a matter of agreement between the employer and the employee (or the employee's representative). The FLSA does not require extra pay for weekend or night work. However, the FLSA does require that covered, nonexempt workers be paid not less than time and one-half the employee's regular rate for time worked over 40 hours in a workweek.