The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) is the nation’s main wage and hour law which sets the federal minimum wage (currently $7.25; many states have higher minimums) and requires time-and-a-half overtime pay for employees who work more than 40 hours in a workweek. Employees who are considered exempt from these provisions are typically administrative, executive, and professional employees whose duties may involve more independent judgment and discretion. There are many rules that govern the determination between exempt and non-exempt, the means of paying each, and the calculation of overtime.
Always pay employees above the minimum wage and pay overtime when applicable. Contact HR regarding any questions as to recording and calculating “hours worked” for purposes of determining overtime and when making changes to employees’ duties which could affect the determination between exempt and non-exempt.
www.dol.gov/dol/topic/wages for non-exempt.
www.dol.gov/whd/regs/compliance/fairpay/ for exempt.