Paul DeCamp Quoted in “DOL Opinion Letters Explain Deductions, Bonuses, Exemptions”

Paul DeCamp, Member of the Firm in the Employment, Labor & Workforce Management practice, in the firm’s Washington, DC office, was quoted in, in “DOL Opinion Letters Explain Deductions, Bonuses, Exemptions,” by Allen Smith.

Following is an excerpt:

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) Wage and Hour Division may be shifting its emphasis from enforcement to technical assistance, reissuing 17 opinion letters Jan. 5 that clarify the DOL’s stance on salary deductions for full days off, bonuses and the administrative exemption from overtime.

Under the administrative exemption, when a salaried employee performs managerial work that involves making decisions on “matters of significance,” he or she is exempt from overtime pay requirements. …

When the DOL stopped issuing opinion letters in 2010, it had such a backlog of company questions that it would have taken about five years to answer all of them, said Paul DeCamp, an attorney with Epstein, Becker & Green in Washington, D.C., and former administrator of the Wage and Hour Division. …

The recent reissuance of opinion letters “is very important because of the large number of gray areas employers and workers face in trying to understand the FLSA,” DeCamp remarked. “Any clarification that DOL can provide helps.”