How do I know if I’m an “exempt” employee?

It’s important to understand whether you are an “exempt” or “non-exempt” employee. It’s not uncommon for employers to misclassify employees as exempt to avoid paying overtime or employment-related taxes. However, there are specific criteria to determine whether an employee should be classified as exempt. Workers who fall within this category include independent contractors (those who work for themselves), many employed in white-collar or administrative jobs, and other professions specified under California law.