Untangling Confusion about FLSA Exemptions for Highly Compensated Employees

The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals recently issued an interesting Fair Labor Standards Act decision. The case focused on who is and is not exempt from overtime requirements. And the result – as the court noted – is likely to be counter-intuitive to many employers. Case Background – FLSA and Highly Compensated Employees The case, Hughes v Gulf  Interstate Field Services, involved welding inspectors for Gulf Interstate Field Services. In 2014, they and others similarly situated plaintiffs sued under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and the comparable Ohio wage statute. The claim asserted the plaintiffs were entitled to overtime pay for weeks in which they worked more than forty hours. Gulf Interstate argued that the plaintiffs were exempt from the overtime requirements because they qualified as “highly compensated employees” under the FLSA regulations. The lead plaintiffs made approximately $83,000 and $109,000.00. The district court agreed…

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