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Attention IT employees, your days of getting overtime pay may be over if Congress passes a new recently-introduced bill. The bill expands the definition of the Fair Labor Standards Act's (FLSA) exemptions for workers who are entitled to overtime pay. The law currently only exempts certain IT workers, including computer programmers or software engineers.
The new bill would exempt "any employee working in a computer or information technology occupation."
This would greatly expand the number of employees that might fall under the exemption's purview. For employers, this may mean the end of paying time-and-a-half for some of your IT professionals.
Overtime pay laws and FLSA exemptions are something that employers should keep in mind as the busy holiday season picks up. So if you're wondering what all of this overtime talk means, brush up on some FLSA basics below for quick refresher:
Employers should be aware that some employees may be entitled to overtime pay if they work more than 40 hours a week. Which employees are eligible depend on their exemption status.
Employers concerned about whether or not they should be paying seasonal employees overtime should check with their local statutes and read up on the FLSA exemptions. State overtime pay laws may vary depending on where you live. Some industries are "overtime exempt."