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Exempt Employees

The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) exempts a variety of employees from wage, hour and overtime laws. Exempt employees include:

  • executives, administrative personnel, professionals and some computer workers;
  • outside salespeople—i.e., those who sell away from the employer's place of business, like a door-to-door salesperson;
  • Exempt employees of seasonal amusement or recreation parks, small newspapers and newspaper deliverers;
  • announcers, news editors, and chief engineers at certain non-metropolitan broadcasting stations; and
  • movie theatre employees.

The FLSA gives another class of exempt employees from its overtime provisions only, particularly those who work at hospitals, residential care facilities, police and fire departments. Some securities industry brokers are also exempt from overtime rules.

Depending on your responsibilities at work, you may be an exempt employee one week and non-exempt another week. If you perform exempt employee work and non-exempt employee work during the same day, you are a non-exempt employee for that week.

Am I an exempt employee?

How do I know if I am misclassified as exempt under the FLSA?

What wage issues can I have as an exempt employee?

I think I am misclassified as exempt or, I am exempt and my employer is taking unlawful deductions from my salary

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