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DOL Releases Final Rule on Overtime Salary Thresholds, Effective July 2024

Updated: Apr 26

In our previous coverage, we explored the impending changes proposed by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) aimed at expanding overtime pay protections—a development that promised to significantly impact labor standards nationwide. Today, with the final rule now released, we delve into the specifics of these changes, their broader implications, and how they align with our earlier analysis. Click here to revisit our last article: Upcoming Changes to Overtime Rules: What Employers Need to Know.


For additional information regarding overtime rules, and to find out how this could impact your business, please contact our Managing Partner, Richard Liu, at richard.liu@consultils.com.


Details of the Finalized Rule


The final rule, titled "Defining and Delimiting the Exemptions for Executive, Administrative, Professional, Outside Sales and Computer Employees,” introduces significant hikes in the salary thresholds:


  • Standard Salary Level: The threshold for exempt employees has been increased from the previous $684 per week ($35,568 annually) to $843 per week ($43,888 annually) effective July 1, 2024. It will rise further to $1,126 per week ($58,656 annually) from January 1, 2025.

  • Highly Compensated Employees: The salary threshold for this group will jump from the current $107,432 to $132,964 on July 1, 2024, and then to $151,164 on January 1, 2025.


Additionally, the rule introduces a mechanism for automatic updates every three years, based on the latest earnings data, to ensure the thresholds remain relevant with economic changes. These updates will begin on July 1, 2027, and then occur every three years thereafter.


These adjustments are expected to expand overtime eligibility to an additional 3 million workers, especially benefiting those in lower-wage sectors and regions.


Public and Legislative Reactions


The rule has been met with mixed reactions. Labor advocates and Democratic leaders have praised the DOL's decision, viewing it as a critical advancement for fair labor practices and enhanced worker protections. However, the rule has faced criticism from Republican lawmakers and business groups, who argue that the increased labor costs could compel businesses to cut jobs, reduce wages, or raise prices, potentially harming the economy.


Impact and Strategic Adjustments for Businesses


With the implementation of these changes, businesses across various sectors will need to undertake significant adjustments. Employers should proactively:


  • Workforce Analysis: Evaluate the exempt workforce to identify which employees may shift from exempt to non-exempt due to new salary thresholds. This includes reassessing job classifications and roles within the organization.

  • Payroll Systems and Financial Planning: Adjust payroll systems to accommodate the new salary thresholds and prepare for potential increases in overtime payments. Simultaneously, anticipate the financial implications of these changes on labor costs and assess their potential impact on staffing, pricing strategies, and overall operations.

  • Legal and Compliance Strategy: Consult with legal experts to fully understand the compliance requirements across different states.


For additional information regarding overtime rules, and to find out how this could impact your business, please contact our Managing Partner, Richard Liu, at richard.liu@consultils.com.


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Richard Liu

Richard Liu, Esq. is the Managing Counsel of ILS. He serves clients as a management-side defense lawyer specializing in employment and business litigation. Richard is also an expert on litigation prevention and compliance. He regularly advises Fortune 500 companies and startups on employment, labor, and commercial matters.


Email: richard.liu@consultils.com | Phone: 626-344-8949


*Disclaimer: This article does not constitute legal opinion and does not create any attorney-client relationship.



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