August 21, 2008
Particular Weight Under the Fair Labor Standards Act
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Vision Payroll

Under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), employees must be paid a minimum hourly wage and an overtime premium of one and one-half times the regular rate of pay for hours worked in excess of forty per week. This is the one of a continuing series that discusses FLSA exemptions. The executive exemption allows employees who qualify as “executives” to be exempted from both minimum wage and overtime requirements. One of the tests to be met is that an executive must be able to make “suggestions and recommendation [that] are given ‘particular weight.’” Among other factors to be considered are, “whether it is part of the employee’s job duties to make such suggestions and recommendations; the frequency with which such suggestions and recommendations are made or requested; and the frequency with which the employee’s suggestions and recommendations are relied upon.” The “suggestions and recommendations” should pertain to employees whom the executive manages. Occasional suggestions about co-workers are not sufficient to meet this standard. The “suggestions and recommendations” need not be the ultimate deciding factor or even the most important determinative factor to qualify as being given particular weight. State laws may provide rules that are more beneficial to the employee and must be followed. Contact Vision Payroll if you have questions about the executive exemption.


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