When the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) opens its new term next week, one of the first cases it will hear involves the highly compensated employee overtime exemption. SCOTUS has scheduled oral arguments on the issue to be presented in Washington DC on October 12. The case being heard is Helix Energy Solutions Group, Inc. v Hewitt coming out of the US Circuit Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit based in New Orleans, Louisiana. The question before the court is whether a supervisor, making more than $200,000 per year is entitled to overtime pay. The appeals court found the employee eligible and reversing a lower court judgment in favor of the employer, ruled that the employee was paid a daily rate – rather than the minimum weekly required amount paid “regardless of the number of hours, days or shifts worked.” Further, on appeal, the court ruled that the employer did not comply with the reasonable-relationship test. The employer appealed to SCOTUS and arguments will be heard on October 12.