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Offit Kurman Telebriefs: New DOL Salary Threshold, Minimum Wage Increases in NJ and MD, and More

On January 1st, 2020, the Department of Labor’s new salary exemption test took effect. The rule increases the salary required to meet the exemption test to $684 per week, or the equivalent of approximately $36,000 per year. Employers who have classified exempt employees as executives, professionals, or other administratively exempt employees must ensure that those individuals’ salaries exceed the new requirements. Otherwise, the employees will need to be converted into nonexempt status or have their salaries raised.

The start of the new year also saw several states raise their minimum wages. Maryland’s minimum wage has increased from $10.10 per hour to $11 per hour. In New Jersey, it increased from $10 per hour to $11 per hour.

Additionally, effective January 1st, the US Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announced a new minimum annual percentage rate for random drug testing. An employer must now conduct tests equivalent to at least 50% of the organization’s average number of driver positions.

For more updates from the latest Telebrief, listen to the full recording or read the transcript here.

Questions about labor and employment law or other topics from this week’s Telebrief?
Contact Howard Kurman at or 410-209-6417.

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Howard K. Kurman is an employment attorney. Mr. Kurman regularly counsels clients on all aspects of proactive employment/labor issues. He represents employers ranging in size from as small as 20 employees to those employers with geographically disparate locations consisting of over 4,000 employees. Mr. Kurman assures, through regular contact with his clients, that they promulgate and maintain the most effective employment policies that will, to the extent possible, minimize their legal exposure in today’s litigious workplace. Mr. Kurman offers advice on employee handbooks, employment agreements, and covenants not to compete as well as confidentiality and non-disclosure agreements. Previously, Mr. Kurman was the chair of the firm’s Labor & Employment Practice Group.






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