DOL’s Proposed Change to White-Collar Overtime Exemptions Include Bonus, Incentive Payments

The U.S. Department of Labor has again addressed changes to the salary threshold for overtime pay exemptions. The proposed amendment to the rule raises the minimum annual salary requirement for the white-collar exemption to the Fair Labor Standards Act from $23,600 to $35,308. DOL attempted to amend the rule in 2016, but a federal court in Texas blocked enforcement of the rule shortly before it took effect. Find the details of how the DOL determined the new amount, how regular amendments would be made going forward, and what role bonuses and incentives play in meeting the minimum salary.