Employees that meet certain requirements are considered to be exempt employees, which means the Fair Labor Standards Act, or FLSA, does not apply to them. Under normal circumstances, all employees must be paid at least the federal minimum wage, and must be paid at least one-and-a-half times their base hourly wage for any hours worked over 40 in a single week. If an employee is exempt, it means they must be paid an established salary, instead. While it is rare for an exempt employee to earn less money than a non-exempt employee, it is possible. There are dozens of ways an employee can be considered exempt.
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