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Business tips: Federal Motor Carrier Act – Overtime Pay Exemption

For someone in trucking to be exempt from overtime, three factors must be present:

  • Their employer is a “motor carrier” according to DoT regulations

  • Their regular job duties affect the safety of a motor vehicle used on public highways in interstate and foreign commerce

  • Their commercial vehicle weighs at least 10,000 pounds Generally, this rule applies to drivers, driver’s helpers, loaders, and some mechanics. Section 213(b)(1) of the Fair Labor Standards Act


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