DOL's New Overtime Rule Is A Mixed Bag For Employers

By Zach Hutton and Brian Featherstun (March 12, 2019, 5:50 PM EDT) -- On March 7, 2019, the U.S. Department of Labor issued its long-awaited proposed rule adjusting the minimum salary required for exempt employees under the Fair Labor Standards Act's executive, administrative and professional exemptions. The proposed rule replaces a controversial 2016 Obama-era rule that a federal court in Texas enjoined almost immediately after it issued. 

The proposed rule would change the minimum weekly salary required for exempt status from $455 per week to $679 per week (or $35,308 annually), which is significantly lower than the $913 per week required under the enjoined 2016 rule. The proposed rule also would allow employers to...

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