The saturation level of each pixel (in units of DN) is stored as a 2-D image in the reference file. For each group in the science data file, the pipeline compares each pixel’s DN value with its saturation level. If the pixel exceeds the saturation level, then the SATURATED flag is set for that pixel in the corresponding plane of the GROUPDQ array – and in all subsequent planes. No saturation check is performed on pixels for which the flag NO_SAT_CHECK is set.

This link to the JWST pipeline provides detailed information on this step.