Administrative Employee

A classification of employee under the Fair Labor Standards Act ( www.practicallaw.com/5-501-9884) (FLSA) (and some state law equivalents) that is exempt ( www.practicallaw.com/2-501-9885) from minimum wage ( www.practicallaw.com/9-506-9527) and overtime pay ( www.practicallaw.com/2-507-1821) requirements (29 C.F.R. § 541.200(a) (2011)).

To qualify for the administrative exemption under the FLSA, each employee must satisfy the following:

  • The employee must be compensated:

    • on a salary or fee basis; and

    • at a rate at least equal to the minimum required threshold (currently $455 per week).

  • The employee's primary duty:

    • must be the performance of office or non-manual work directly related to the management or general business operations of the employer or the employer's customers; and

    • includes the exercise of discretion and independent judgment on significant matters.

For more information on the exemption requirements for administrative employees under the FLSA, see FLSA White Collar Exemptions Checklist: Administrative Exemption Requirements ( www.practicallaw.com/5-507-2555) .

State law may provide for the same or a similar exemption, or may prohibit exemption of administrative employees. For more information on state wage and hour laws, see Wage and Hour Laws: State Q&A Tool ( www.practicallaw.com/3-505-9593) .

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