That is the new annual overtime pay threshold figure that the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) released on September 24, 2019. The DOL issued their final rule, and the new rate will become effective on January 1, 2020. To be classified as an exempt level employee, each employee must be paid at least the $35,568, which equates to $684 per week. The previous weekly figure was $455. In addition, the position that the employee holds must meet the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) duties tests. For employees in positions that are paid under the new figure, employers are obligated to pay 1.5 times their regular hourly rate for any time over 40 hours worked in a workweek.
Between now and the first of 2020 would be a great time to assess and reclassify any employees / positions that are in the gray or middle area to nonexempt or exempt status based on current pay and the duties tests. Employers may need to increase some employees’ pay to get them at/over the new rate, given that they meet the duties tests.