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Breaking News: New Federal Salary Threshold Announced – Effective January 1, 2020

EverythingHR Staff | 09/24/2019 | Blog

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By Bill Stephens, EverythingHR

Breaking announcement from the US Department of Labor! The new federal salary threshold for exempt status was announced this morning raising the “standard salary level.” The final rule goes into effect on January 1, 2020. There’s not a lot of time to get this figured out!

Although the final rule makes 1.3 million American workers newly eligible for overtime pay, this will not impact employees in California. The California salary threshold is considerably higher than the new federal level ($49,920 going up to $54,080 in January). The new federal level (impacting employees everywhere but California) will be $35,568. This means that any currently exempt employee earning between $23,660 and $35,568, will either be reclassified as non-exempt or given a salary increase to meet the new threshold.

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To read the official announcement of the new rule from the DOL’s Wage and Hour Division visit https://www.dol.gov/whd/overtime2019/.