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Chris McCarty: FLSA Salary Threshold: The First Hurdle Just Got Higher

If you are sleeping well on November 30th and wake to the sudden sound of screaming around midnight, please take a deep breath and just go back to sleep. The screaming should be unrelated to either Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton by that point, but it is still expected as of December 1, 2016.

December 1st is the effective date for the new minimum salary threshold under the Fair Labor Stands Act (FLSA). As a quick refresher, the FLSA governs federal requirements for employers when it comes to minimum wage, overtime and child labor. Employees falling under the FLSA – known as non-exempt employees – must receive overtime pay for any work beyond 40 hours in a week. I could spend a while discussing the definitions of overtime and the workweek itself, but this article focuses on the new salary threshold alone.

Read the full article on page 16 in the September issue of DICTA by clicking here.

McCarty-5121Chris W. McCarty, a shareholder in our Knoxville office, practices in the areas of employment law, education law and civil litigation. Mr. McCarty handles matters before state and federal courts throughout Tennessee, and has argued before the Tennessee Court of Appeals. Mr. McCarty also presents on employment and education law topics. His articles on those topics have been seen in numerous publications, including HR Magazine, the Tennessee Bar Journal and the Knoxville Business Journal.