New Overtime Wage Threshold Announced
April 29, 2024

The Department of Labor has recently announced an increase in the overtime salary threshold. The department’s newly issued rule, set to be implemented on July 1, 2024, raises the standard salary threshold that determines which salaried employees qualify for overtime pay protections under the FLSA.

As of July 1, most salaried employees earning below $844 weekly will be eligible for overtime compensation under this rule. Furthermore, beginning January 1, 2025, most salaried workers earning less than $1,128 per week will also qualify for overtime pay. Here’s what you need to know and how it might affect your organization.

Understanding the New Overtime Wage Threshold

The overtime rule, which is set to take effect on July 1, 2024, increases the salary threshold under which employees are eligible for overtime pay. Employees earning less than the new threshold of $43,888 per year (or $844 per week) will now qualify for overtime wages at a rate of 1.5 times their regular pay for any hours worked beyond 40 in a workweek.

The adjustment ensures that the standards progress alongside wage growth and economic shifts, including inflation and rises in the cost of living. This also implies that due to these modifications, numerous employees currently classified as Exempt might no longer satisfy the increased salary requirement and will need to be reclassified as Non-Exempt, thus becoming eligible for overtime compensation.

Key Changes:

  • Increased Salary Threshold: The salary threshold has been raised from $35,568 to $43,888 annually, expanding eligibility to more employees.


  • Automatic Adjustments: Starting July 1, 2027, the thresholds will be updated every three years to keep pace with changes in worker salaries, ensuring that employers can adapt more easily because they’ll know when salary updates will happen and how they’ll be calculated.


  • Impact on Different Job Categories: This change primarily affects full-time salaried employees, particularly in roles such as administrative, executive, or professional positions that previously hovered near the old threshold.
July 1, 2024
January 1, 2025
Most Salaried Workers Earning Less Than:
$684/week ($35,568/year)
$844/week ($43,888/year)
$1,128/week ($58,656/year)

Your To-Do List:

  • Budget Adjustments:  Organizations may need to re-assess their current labor budgets and staffing models. Increased labor costs due to overtime payments could require adjustments in workforce management or compensation strategies.
  • Payroll Systems Update: Ensure that your payroll systems are updated to accommodate the new rules and properly track overtime eligibility and payments.
  • Employee Classification Review: It’s crucial to review the classification of your employees to ensure compliance; misclassification can result in significant penalties.
  • Communication Strategy:  Communicating these changes to your employees is essential. They will need to understand their new eligibility for overtime pay and how it affects their compensation.
  • Training for Managers:  Train your managerial staff on the implications of the new threshold. They will play a critical role in monitoring hours and managing staffing to align with your financial and operational strategies.
  • Morale: The transition in classification from Exempt to Non-Exempt can influence job satisfaction and professional standing, consequently affecting morale, productivity, and the overall company culture. 

Strategic Considerations:

  • Cost vs. Benefit Analysis:  Weigh the cost of paying overtime against the potential benefits of hiring additional staff, redistributing workloads, or increasing an employee’s wage to the Exempt-level threshold.
  • Flexibility and Morale:  Increased earnings for employees could improve job satisfaction and reduce turnover, and it might also require a more flexible approach to managing work hours and shifts.
  • Compliance: Consult with experts to fully understand the scope of the changes and ensure all aspects of your employment practices comply with Federal and State labor laws that may be applicable to your Tribe.

Although slated for implementation in July, this rule remains subject to challenge. Potential lawsuits or legislative actions could emerge, potentially altering, delaying, or reversing the new regulations. However, proactive planning remains crucial to prepare for potential implementation.

The new overtime rule is a significant regulatory change that requires immediate attention and strategic planning. While it presents challenges, it also offers an opportunity to revisit and possibly enhance how labor resources are managed within your organization.

For more detailed guidance on how to navigate these changes or for assistance in determining the cost impact, please do not hesitate to reach out to us. We’re here to help ensure that your transition to the new overtime wage threshold is as smooth and efficient as possible.

As you navigate this proposed change and are evaluating your approach, please reach out to us if you have any additional questions.