Starting December 1, new rules will be implemented concerning the overtime component of the Fair Labor Standards Act, which mandates a 40-hour work week, overtime pay, and the federal minimum wage.
Under current law, businesses are required to pay certain employees 150% of their normal pay for hours worked beyond 40 hours in one week, with some employees exempt from earning this overtime pay. Employees are exempt as long as they earn at least $23,660 annually or $455 each week. The rule change increases that minimum pay to $47,476 annually, or $913 each week. Legal experts are saying that the result of the upcoming presidential elections will not likely impact the implementation of this new rule.
Employers can add non-discretionary bonuses, incentive payments, and commissions toward 10% of that $47,476 threshold, as long as these payments are given quarterly, with bonuses or commissions of up to $4,747.60 counting toward the threshold.
With new overtime rules expected to be implemented this December, it is possible that workers with higher salaries will be improperly paid by their employers. Get in touch with our attorneys at Williams Kherkher in Houston by calling our offices today at (888) 262-9002 if you have a wage claim against your employer.