Federal Court Overturns Department of Labor’s FLSA Exemption Rule

A Texas Federal Court overturned the Department of Labor’s rule which would have increase the minimum annual salary necessary to qualify for the Fair Labor Standards Act’s “white collar” exemption. The rule increased the qualifying salary from $23,660 to $47,476.

The Court held that the proposed increase was improper because the FLSA specifically defines the duties which qualify for an exemption, and the size of the increase improperly made the salary amount the sole defining factor in identifying exemptions.

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Eric Hawkins received his B.A. from the University of Arizona, and his J.D. from the University of Arizona College of Law. Eric has been with the firm since his admission to the bar in 2006, and became a partner in 2011. Eric practices primarily in the areas of Construction law, Employment law, and Business law. This work includes contract preparation and review, partnership agreements, construction collection claims, Registrar of Contractors matters and disputes both in and out of the courtroom. Over the past five years Eric has successfully litigated several cases involving business fraud, construction defects, and employment disputes. Eric has worked with the Alliance of Construction Trades in Tucson, and represents subcontractors and suppliers in the organization. Eric has written numerous articles on various issues including indemnification, construction contracts, insurance law and employment practices.