DOL Revises Overtime Regulation Addressing Fluctuating Workweeks
Volume: 19 | Issue: 29
May 26, 2020
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (DOL WHD) has revised its regulation that addresses computing overtime compensation for salaried, non-exempt employees whose hours vary each week under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The WHD explains that the fluctuating workweek regulation, 29 C.F.R. § 778.114, has been changed to “grant employers greater flexibility to provide bonuses or other additional compensation to nonexempt employees whose hours vary from week to week, and eliminate any disincentive for employers to pay additional bonus or premium payments to such employees.” The regulation now expressly states that employers can pay bonuses, premium payments, or other additional pay, such as commissions and hazard pay, to employees compensated using the fluctuating workweek method of compensation and explains that such supplemental payments must be included in the calculation of the regular rate unless they are otherwise excludable under the FLSA. The regulation sets forth examples and has been revised “to make it easier to read, so employers will be able to better understand the fluctuating workweek method.”
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