The federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) requires employers to pay all employees at least the minimum wage for all hours worked, and, one and one-half times the employee’s regular wage rate for any hours worked over 40 in a workweek. However, if an employee meets the requirements of one of the FLSA’s exemptions, the employee may not have to be paid minimum wage or for overtime (as they are considered “exempt” from this requirement).
Classifying an employee as exempt, however, is more than just a matter of preference. The FLSA has several specified exemptions, each with its own requirements that need to be satisfied in order to properly use the exemption. Classifying an employee as exempt when the requirements are not met can result in significant liability for the employer.
The new year tends to bring new HR trends and topics to the forefront. In this article, we’ll look at five topics we expect to dominate HR-related conversations in 2016: health care reform, marijuana in the workplace, proposed changes to the Fair Labor Standards Act, minimum wage increases, and paid sick leave trends.