An exempt employee is defined by the Fair Labor and Standards Act as one who does not have to be paid minimum wage or overtime, and the employer does not have to keep certain records detailing their work. So, what does that mean? Certain types of employees; executives, administrative professionals and outside sales reps are considered exempt if they perform certain duties that are outlined by the Department of Labor.
With regards to duties, the DOL has very specific rules for what constitutes an exempt employee. For a more detailed explanation on job tiles and duties, please refer to the Department of Labor: