Hourly Rate Increased for Licensed Physician Exemption

Winter 2009Newsletters California Update - Employment Law

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Under California law, a licensed physician or surgeon who is primarily engaged in performing duties for which licensure is required is exempt from overtime if he or she is paid at least the minimum hourly rate set annually by the state. Effective January 1, 2009, the minimum hourly rate is increased to $69.13. This exemption does not apply to employees in medical internships or resident programs, physician employees covered by collective bargaining agreements or veterinarians.