For 15 years I worked for a company that also tried to get exempt people to work more than 40 hours. I took the logic and worked 37.5 hours. When asked what my hours were I got answers like "enough to get your work done". So I got it done in less time. Sure twice a year I had to come in on a weekend for some emergency (or artificial) deadline but on average I worked 7.5 hours a day (8.5 minus an hour for lunch). But I worked hard those 7.5 hours. I did good work. And my bosses all valued that. My bosses were always happy that I did more work than my colleagues and with a good attitude and with minimal oversight and I had good communication and didn't care that I worked fewer hours (although I kept my hours as quiet as possible). So... that "salaried" or "exempt" thing can work both ways.