Update Job Descriptions Next for Dec. 1st FLSA Compliance in Business and Work

Clearly, it’s been a busy year for employers with already overly-full workloads, and the deadline for the upcoming changes to the Federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) on December 1, 2016 (most significantly, raising the minimum salary for exempt employees to $47,476 or $913 a week) is a little more than 2 weeks away. My colleague Joanmarie Dowling and I are conducting our FLSA “cookbook” presentation on Tuesday morning, November 15th at the Capital Region Chamber on how to best get ready for the December 1st FLSA deadline. Below are the first 3 recommended steps:


After employers identify exempt employees currently paid below $913 a week, the next critical step is to complete an inventory in partnership with employees of their current exempt tasks, and update their job descriptions accordingly.  Without this task inventory and the resultant up-to-date employee job description (and it’s critical to have the input of the employee, as U.S. DOL in an audit sits down with the employee first to confirm that their job description is accurate, not the employer), there’s no documented proof that the employee is indeed exempt, except for the fact that the employer needed to raise any employees paid below $913 a week to at least that salary level by December 1, 2016.

Are your job descriptions updated and ready for the December 1, 2016 FLSA deadline in business and at work?

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