Who is exempt from overtime coverage under executive exemption in California?

The executive exemption that relieves employers from the obligation to pay overtime compensation applies to any employee:

* Whose duties and responsibilities involve the management of the enterprise in which he is employed or of a customarily recognized department of subdivision of that enterprise;
* Who customarily and regularly directs the work of two or more other employees in that enterprise;
* Who has the authority to hire or fie other employees or whose suggestions and recommendations as to the hiring, firing, advancement, promotion, or any other change of the status of other employees will be given particular weight;
* Who customarily and regularly exercises discretionary powers; and * Who is “primarily engaged” in duties that meet the test of the exemption.

“Primarily engaged” means that more than one-half of the employee’s work time must be spent engaged in exempt work.

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