What are the exemptions for higher education?
Teachers are exempt from the new FLSA regulations if their primary duty is teaching, instructing, lecturing or tutoring. This includes graduate students whose primary duty is teaching or serving as a teaching assistant.
Certain academic administrative personnel, such as counselors, department heads, and academic advisors are exempt if they are paid at least as much as the starting salary for teachers at their institutions.
Athletic coaches and assistant coaches are exempt if their primary duties involve teaching. This includes instructing athletes on how to perform their sport but excludes recruiting.