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The federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) requires most employees to be paid at least the federal minimum wage and overtime pay (time and one-half the regular rate of pay) for all hours worked over 40 hours in a workweek unless exempted from the law. Exemptions include employees who work in agriculture (as defined by the FLSA) and executive, administrative, and professional employees (the “white collar” employee exemption) who meet the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) duties test and are paid a salary of at least $455 per week, or $23,660 per year. It is important to note that the FLSA provides minimum standards, and does not preempt a state from establishing more protective standards. For example, Maryland requires employers to pay agricultural employees overtime pay for all work over 60 hours per week. On May 18, 2016, President Obama announced the DOL was publishing a new federal regulation updating some aspects of the FLSA pertaining to overtime, including the white collar employee exemption.Read More
Editor's Note: This post originally appeared in the August 26, 2014 Issue of The Delmarva Farmer. Today we attempt a guest post from a local attorney, Kim Manuelides, covering an important to diversified farm operations, paying minimum wage and overtime. We would like to thank Kim for allowing us to repost this column.
This post should not be relied upon as legal advice.
Those who are employed in agriculture are generally thought to be exempt from Maryland’s Wage Payment and Collection Law and such workers therefore are not required to be paid the state’s minimum wage or overtime.Read More