What exactly does “exempt” mean?

This is a fairly consistent question from employers today so I decided to rerun this post. There is an update at the end, however. The Fair Labor Standards Act tells us we have two types of employees, non-exempt and exempt. Unfortunately these terms are not very explanatory and people often get them confused. Let me …

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"Comp Time": A Big "No-No" in the Private Sector- From the Archive

I often get comments on my posts that are questions or pleas for help. I received on yesterday on the subject of comp time. As a result, I decided to republish this post from the past to explain how a private sector employer must handle employees who work overtime. One area of the Fair Labor …

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Progress made to revising the FLSA to reflect today’s reality

The House of Representatives has taken a step to revise one of the provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act which has frustrated employers and employees for years. It is a step toward making the FLSA more reflective of the way the workplace works today. Comp time Comp time, or compensatory time, currently under the …

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Comp time for non-exempt workers? Has its time come?

Under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), when a nonexempt employee works overtime the law requires that any time worked more than 40 hours in a week be paid in cash at the rate of 1.5 hours for every hour worked. What if there was a way to allow employees to take that pay as …

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Political Update: Comp Time Bill Proposed in the U.S. Senate

As many of you know I teach the PHR certification classes that are offered at two local universities. One of the modules that is covered is one on compensation. We cover the Fair Labor Standards Act in class, of which two components cover the minimum wage and the subject of compensatory time (comp time).These two …

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