An amendment to California Labor Code section 515.5 allows employers to pay computer professionals who are exempt from overtime a monthly or annual salary (whereas they previously needed to receive a minimum hourly rate). The amendment raises the minimum hourly rate to $37.94 and sets the minimum monthly and annual salary exemptions at $6,587.50 and $79,050.00, respectively.

California employers should review job descriptions of all employees classified as computer professionals to ensure they earn at least the minimum wage and/or salary for 2009. California employers should also ensure computer professionals who are properly classified as exempt (through job duties and hourly wage) get required meal and rest breaks, as they are only exempt from overtime.