USDOL's proposed white-collar exemption changes a/k/a Overtime Rule 2.0 includes a proposed minimum salary threshold of $679 per week. The period for public comment will close on May 21, 2019.
Management should take care not to focus so much upon FLSA-related "salary basis" developments that it fails to note changes in salary thresholds required under analogous state-law exemptions.
U.S. Labor Secretary candidate Alexander Acosta's March 22 confirmation hearing might have provided insight into some potential Labor Department actions affecting the FLSA and analogous federal laws.
Recent "open letters" and related publicity strongly suggest that a substantial increase in the salary test for the FLSA "white collar" exemptions is probable.
The U.S. Labor Department has no authority to set the minimum salary for exempt "white collar" employees based upon what they "ought to be" paid.
If a 35% spike in the FLSA minimum wage, a $590-per-week increase in the salary amount required for exempt "white collar" workers, an immediate 41% rise in the cash wage required for tipped employees, and a new paid-time-off requirement are prescriptions for an economic upturn, then help might be on the way.