The White House has announced plans to enact new rules on overtime pay that could impact thousands of Americans. In February, the Obama administration is expected to announce a proposed new rule under the Fair Labor Standards Act, or FLSA, which governs overtime pay in Texas and across the country, which affects which employees can be labeled as “exempt” from overtime pay. Currently, workers making more than $455 per week (which translates to $23,660 annually), may be exempt under the “white collar” exemptions. For more information on these exemptions, click here.
The White House has pledged to enact rules which raise the ceiling for those may qualify under the white collar exemptions. President Obama and other labor advocates have criticized the current rules as exempting too many working Americans from overtime pay. The typical example of a worker who may be unfairly classified as exempt is a low-level fast food worker who is labeled an “assistant manager” and denied overtime pay, even though he or she makes a modest amount of money. Currently, only 11% of salaried workers in America make less than $23,660 annually. This means the overwhelming majority of salaried employees in America are potentially exempt under the current rules. It must be noted, however, that this does not mean that 89% of salaried employees are exempt – many American workers are misclassified as exempt and wrongfully denied overtime pay.
If you have questions as to whether you may be wrongfully misclassified as exempt from overtime pay, either as a manager, administrative staff, or independent contractor, consult with an experienced overtime attorney. Josh Borsellino represents workers to get them the overtime pay they deserve. For a free consultation with Josh Borsellino regarding your overtime pay issue, call 817.908.9861 or 432.242.7118, or complete this free online contact form.