The issue of whether paralegals are exempt or non-exempt from payment of overtime has been hotly debated among paralegals and the employers who utilize them. This is the most recent article I have seen addressing one aspect of the discussion – highly compensated paralegals. I found the posting on LinkedIn and the article is also available on the firm’s website.
The U.S. Department of Labor issued an opinion on July 1, 2019 (FLSA2019-8) regarding whether paralegals are exempt from minimum wage and overtime requirements under section 13(a)(1) of the Fair Labor Standards Act. Please see the A “Fair Reading” Of The FLSA Exempts Paralegals From Overtime Pay published on July 16, 2019, by Sherman & Howard L.L.C., Denver’s oldest law firm, with a broad-range national practice.
https://www.jdsupra.com/legalnews/a-fair-reading-of-the-flsa-exempts-27185/The paralegals for which the Wage and Hour Division opined appeared to satisfy the highly compensated employee exemption. A link to the full guidance letter (FLSA 2019-8) is also included at the end of the article.