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by Muddled Manager | May 28, 2012
Do you have any tips for about interpreting the overtime pay rules outlined by the Department of Labor? I'm confused and I'm sure I'm not alone.
The current salary floor under which (those euphemistically thought of as) "white collar" employees must be paid time-and-a-half for the hours they work over 40 hours in a given work week. . .(take a deep breath and an aspirin). . .from $8,060 a year to $23,660 a year.
Under pre-2004 rules, only those white collar employees who earned less than $8,060 per year were entitled to overtime pay, a salary that translated to an hourly pay rate lower than the then-extant federal minimum wage. Now, the rules grant overtime pay protection to all white collar workers who earn less than $23,660 per year.
The manual laborers and other blue collar workers will not be affected by the 2004 rule changes. Similarly, police officers, firefighters, paramedics and other emergency service workers are not affected.
Here's a laundry list of the top tips to help you adhere to the rules as compiled by the wage and hour gurus at Wolters Kluwer:
I hope this will get you started down the path of educating yourself on this complex issue. Stay tuned and we'll try to keep you up to date in future columns and additions to our Toolkit website content.