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The Impact of DOL's New Overtime Rule on Employee Benefits

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A recent U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) final rule raises salary thresholds for executive, administrative, and professional (EAP) employees, potentially leading to more employees qualifying for overtime pay. Employers should consider how this may impact their benefit offerings.

Employers may need to reevaluate the following:

  • How their retirement plan defines “compensation: If the employer’s retirement plan includes overtime pay in its definition of compensation, more employees may be eligible which could result in increased retirement plan contributions. The increase could also affect the determination of highly compensated individuals for nondiscrimination testing purposes, and
  • Whether eligibility for other benefits depends on exempt status: If health benefits eligibility depends on exempt status, more nonexempt workers may become eligible.


Important Dates

Here are some important dates when salary levels will increase for highly compensated employees (HCEs).

  • July 1, 2024: The salary level for EAP employees will increase to $844 per week and $132,964 per year for HCEs
  • January 1, 2025: The salary level for EAP employees will increase to $1,128 per week and $151,164 per year for HCEs


Action Steps

Employers should review retirement and health plan documents to assess how the final rule may impact benefit offerings. While they can prepare for the rule now, it's advisable to hold off on implementing changes due to expected legal challenges. Download the bulletin for more details.

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Tim Watson

Tim Watson

Tim Watson understands the value of relationships and the importance of prioritizing people. By treating individuals with dignity and respect, he knows that strong connections can be formed. With his background in working with school districts, Tim has gained a passion for assisting them in comprehending and crafting the best benefits package they can. As a licensed insurance agent and Account Representative, Tim specializes in life, disability, dental, vision, and other supplementary insurance benefits for schools, cities, and counties in Nebraska and Iowa. He has over 15 years of customer service.