I'm working as a contract engineer for a staffing company, and I'm contracted full-time to an engineering consultancy. I'm listed as an exempt employee on my offer letter, but I don't know if I qualify as an exempt employee by the FLSA. I'm paid by the hour, and if I work less than 40 hours a week, my pay is reduced. If I work more than 40 hours, I'm paid for the time at my normal rate. I'm a W-2 employee.
I spend the majority of my time working as an engineer, doing design, build, and testing of hardware for the consultancy's customers. I think my job qualifies as a "Learned Professional" by the FLSA, except for the following:
The employee must be compensated on a salary or fee basis (as defined in the regulations) at a rate not less than $684* per week (DOL Fact Sheet #17d)
Researching this has yielded mixed results. Some say it's allowed for a learned professional to be paid hourly and exempt, others say it's not.
Does this position meet the criteria for exemption?