Question: Can a non-exempt employee manage another non-exempt employee?
Answer from Kyle, PHR:
Yes, it is completely fine for non-exempt employees to manage other non-exempt employees. In fact, employers are under no obligation to classify any employees as exempt, even if they meet the criteria under the Fair Labor Standards Act. If employers wish, they may have an entire workforce of non-exempt employees. The important thing is to follow any wage and hour laws applicable to non-exempt employees, including paying them for any overtime.
Kyle is a professional author, editor, and researcher specializing in workplace culture, retention strategies, and employee engagement. He has previously worked with book publishers, educational institutions, magazines, news and opinion websites, nationally-known business leaders, and non-profit organizations. He has a BA in English, an MA in philosophy, and a PHR certification.
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