The current rules state that workers who make less than $8,000 a year are guaranteed overtime, says Tammy McCutchen, administrator of the Labor Department's wage and hour division. The proposed rules--which could take effect as early as late 2003--promise overtime to more white-collar salaried employees by raising the minimum salary level required for the overtime exemption from $8,000 to $22,100 year. This is the largest increase since the FLSA was enacted in 1938. "What that means is that everyone who makes less than $22,100 a year is automatically entitled to overtime," says McCutchen.
The changes would not affect employees who do manual labor, such as mechanics, plumbers or electricians, and are already guaranteed overtime. Only employees who work in an office environment and do non-manual work would qualify, says McCutchen.
I'm still not clear as to who will be affected, this article states white collar salaried employees, maybe it's a different rule.