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February 20, 2010

Nondiscretionary Safety Bonus Complies with Overtime Rules

The US Department of Labor (DOL) recently issued Administrator signed Opinion Letter FLSA2009-21. 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).

In this Opinion Letter, the DOL stated that a company’s nondiscretionary safety bonus complies with the overtime requirements of the FLSA. Employees who meet certain requirements during a specified period receive a set amount for each regular hour worked. Employees who worked overtime during that period will receive one and one-half times the set amount for each overtime hour worked. “The bonus is applied uniformly across all hours worked, and an additional one-half times the bonus rate is paid for all overtime hours” so the plan complies with 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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