FLSA Employees Exemption for Computer Professionals
While employers are easily able to classify most employees as exempt and non-exempt, there’s still confusion about how FLSA exemptions work for computer professionals. It’s because computer professionals may be eligible for the paid overtime exemption, even though they may be involved in the development (production) of the software that the business sells.
Besides satisfying the type of compensation and weekly salary conditions, here are a few more things that must be taken into account at the time of deciding the exemption status for computer professionals.
1. An employee who is a skilled computer professional and is employed as a programmer, systems analyst, software engineer or something similar can be considered for exemption.
2. The core duties of the employees must fall into one of the three categories, or the duties can be a combination of or duties requiring equivalent level of skills:
• Using system analysis techniques for problem solving or development of new software. This may include discussing and determining functional specifications from users or clients.
• Designing, developing, analyzing, testing and modifying computer programs or even prototypes, in accordance with user or system specifications.
• Designing, developing, documenting, creating, testing or customizing programs to suit the specific requirements of a client or an operating system.