Understanding the New Overtime Rule: Key Changes for Florida Employers

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has announced changes to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) overtime regulations. Effective in two phases—July 1, 2024, and January 1, 2025—the salary threshold for white-collar exemptions will rise from $35,568 to $43,888, and then to $58,656. This shift aims to extend overtime protections to more salaried workers, but it also poses financial and administrative challenges for employers. Companies should audit salaries, adjust budgets, reclassify employees if necessary, and prepare for automatic updates every three years.

Steps for Compliance

  1. Audit Employee Salaries: Identify which employees fall below the new thresholds.
  2. Budget Adjustments: Prepare for higher payroll expenses due to salary increases or overtime payments.
  3. Employee Reclassification: Decide whether to raise salaries or reclassify employees as non-exempt.
  4. Training and Communication: Educate reclassified employees on timekeeping and overtime rules, and communicate changes clearly to avoid confusion.

Legal Considerations

Opinions on the changes vary. Some see them as essential for protecting lower-paid workers, while others worry about the financial impact on businesses, especially small enterprises. Legal challenges are expected, reminiscent of the 2016 Obama-era proposal that faced similar opposition.

Strategies for Employers

Employers should:

  1. Evaluate Job Descriptions and Duties: Ensure employee duties match their classification, whether exempt or non-exempt.
  2. Consider Phased Implementation: Decide whether to adjust salaries in two phases or all at once, balancing practicality with employee relations.
  3. Monitor State and Local Laws: Stay aware of additional state or local requirements affecting exempt status beyond federal regulations.


The DOL’s new overtime rule presents both challenges and opportunities for Florida employers. By proactively addressing these changes, businesses can ensure compliance, maintain employee satisfaction, and minimize potential legal risks. For tailored advice and support in navigating these updates, Florida employers should consult with legal professionals specializing in employment law.

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As a leading Florida law firm, we specialize in employment law and offer comprehensive legal services to businesses. Our experienced employment lawyers and business attorneys can provide expert guidance on compliance, employee classification, and payroll management. Whether you need assistance with salary audits, reclassification decisions, or understanding the nuances of the new overtime rules, our team is here to help.

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