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What New DOL Overtime Rules Mean For The Media Industry

Law360, New York (November 9, 2016, 11:35 AM EST) -- The U.S. Department of Labor’s final rule on overtime is set to take effect Dec. 1, 2016, and could qualify many more journalists, photographers and other creative professionals for overtime pay under the Fair Labor Standards Act.[1] The FLSA requires employers to pay employees at least the minimum wage plus overtime pay (time-and-a-half) for every hour worked over 40 hours in a given week.[2]

However, there are many exemptions to these requirements, including one for an individual employed in a “creative professional” capacity.[3] A creative professional is exempt from the FLSA’s minimum wage and overtime requirements so long as he or...

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