August 12, 2008
US Department of Labor Issues Opinion Letter on Service Coordinators, Learned Professional Exemption
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Vision Payroll

The US Department of Labor recently issued non-Administrator signed Opinion Letter FLSA2008-10NA. Although Opinion Letters only apply to the exact set of facts and circumstances presented in each case, they are a valuable aid in understanding current interpretations of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Unlike signed Opinion Letters, unsigned Opinion Letters do not “provide a potential good faith reliance defense for violations of the FLSA.” This Opinion Letter discusses whether service coordinators qualify for the learned professional exemption of the FLSA. Service coordinators act as a concierge for the program participants, by assessing their needs, facilitating independent living, intervening on their behalf if necessary, and documenting all of the above. Although a bachelor’s degree and several years experience is preferred, candidates may qualify if an RN or with an associate’s degree in health or human services and one year of experience. The Department of Labor concluded that “[b]ecause the academic requirements for service coordinators may be met with an associate’s degree, the position lacks the requirement of ‘knowledge of an advanced type…customarily acquired by a prolonged course of specialized intellectual instruction.’” Therefore, service coordinators do not qualify as exempt under the FLSA. State laws may provide rules that are more beneficial to the employee and must be followed. Contact Vision Payroll if you have questions about this Opinion Letter.


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