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United States Supreme Court Supports Expansion of Outside Salesperson Exemption

publication date: Aug 19, 2012
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The Fair Labor Standards Act's (the "Act") outside salesperson exemption has been a hotly contested issue for many years. To qualify for this overtime exemption under the Act, an employee's primary duty must be "making sales" and the employee must be "customarily and regularly" engaged in making sales outside the employer's place of business. Employers and plaintiffs have clashed over the types of duties that meet the criteria -- including whether individuals who lay the groundwork for a product's sale are, in fact, salespersons.

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