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Supreme Court Puts the Brakes on the Narrow Constructions of FLSA Exemptions

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In a narrow 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court on April 2 held that automobile service advisers are exempt from the FLSA’s overtime requirements.

The exemption applies to “salesmen … primarily engaged in … servicing automobiles.” The majority broadly defined these terms to hold that the plaintiffs were exempt.

And while this aspect of the decision is interesting to automobile repair shops and car dealerships, it’s the opinion’s broader implications that are more interesting to me.

It has long been believed that employers should apply FLSA exemptions narrowly to carry out the statute’s remedial purpose. This court rejected the idea

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