The first of several USDOL "listening" sessions provided few answers. The primary question remains whether the agency will listen this time around as it takes on the FLSA's white-collar exemptions.
There appears to be some continuing misunderstanding about exactly which exempt employees might be affected by the December 1 increase in the minimum salary amount required to meet the basic compensation criterion for an executive, administrative, professional, or derivative exemption under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act's Section 13(a)(1).
Employers must steer clear of the misconception that job descriptions alone can "make" employees exempt under the FLSA's so-called "white collar" exemptions.
Coming changes in at least some of the U.S. Labor Department's definitions for the federal Fair Labor Standards Act's Section 13(a)(1) "white collar" exemptions are leading employers to evaluate whether employees they treat as exempt meet all of the duties-related requirements.