Can my pay be cut with the new salary law?

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Can my pay be cut with the new salary law?

I currently am salaried at $28,080 but I only am in office physically about 20-25 hours per week, with some hours then done at home when necessary. My paychecks have always said 40 hours but I haven’t worked that in about 3 years. I also have not clocked in or out in those 3 years. Now, with the new rule impending, they want us to clock in and out, which is understandable. I am worried that this will make me hourly and cut my pay in half. If it does, is it legal?

Asked on October 31, 2016 under Employment Labor Law, Ohio

Answers:

M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

Your base pay can be cut so long as you meet at least minimum wage law requirements. Specifically, as to the new wage law, if a worker is paid a salary they are eligible for overtime pay if they are not "exempt" from the law (such as executive, managerial, administrative, professional workers; you can check on the U.S.D.O.L. website) and they meet the annual salary threshhold of $47,476. This means that any salaried employee making less than that amount will receive overtime compensation for any hours worked over 40 in a work week.


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