Proposed Overtime Rule Could Impact Pay for Millions of Workers

On August 30, 2023, the Wage and Hour Division of the Department of Labor (DOL) announced a proposed rule to “ensure that more workers receive extra pay” for working over 40 hours a week.

Proposed Changes

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The proposed rule would increase the current annual salary level threshold by 55%–from $35,568 to $55,068–making millions of workers eligible for overtime pay of at least 1.5 times the regular pay rate under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The salary threshold is a key element of the executive, administrative, and professional exemption from overtime.
Included in the rule is an automatic update to the salary threshold “every three years to reflect current earnings data.” The threshold for the Highly Compensation Employees (HCE) exemption would increase from $107,432 to $143,988.

Potential Impact & Preparation

The significant threshold increase could have a significant impact on companies’ staffing and pay practices. Companies should begin now to plan their anticipated response, as the process of making classification and pay decisions tend to require substantial time and resources. Consider these preparation steps to save yourself from scrambling to comply:
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  • Identify employees who would be impacted by these changes. Take the opportunity to refresh yourself on the FLSA overtime exemption test criteria.
  • Explore the alternatives of increasing their salary to meet the new threshold or reclassifying them as non-exempt.
  • Consider the potential impact on employee morale, labor cost implications, and employee communications needed.


The proposal will be open for public comment for 60 days upon publication with the Federal Register before publishing a final rule. The full 267-page proposal can be found here.
Our subject matter experts are here to help you prepare for these changes.
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Written by Clay Johnson, CCP, SHRM-SCP

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