Employment Law

Employee Compensation

Do computer programmers and computer system analysts qualify as professionals and exempt from FLSA’s overtime provisions?

It depends on the nature of the computer programmer’s job and whether he or she fits under a 1996 amendment to FLSA specifically addressing computer programmers. It depends on whether the employee’s primary duties related to “the application of systems analysis techniques and procedures” and whether they make at least $27.63 an hour.

If a blue collar worker is considered particularly skilled in his or her trade, he or she is still considered a manual labor and, thus, does not qualify for the professional overtime exemption (iStock).

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