To determine if you are entitled to overtime pay, make sure you are not exempt
The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) requires employers to pay minimum wage and overtime. Employers must follow the act unless an exemption applies. The FLSA only applies if there is an employment relationship. Special rules apply for many different situations.
The Fair Labor Standards Act is a federal law that governs the payment of minimum wage and overtime compensation for all hours worked in excess of 40 hours in a single week, unless you are exempt from overtime wages. If you sue to recover unpaid overtime and employee wages, you may be entitled to double damages plus attorney’s fees.
If you work overtime (beyond the end of a regular workday or week) your employer must do two things:
- Keep detailed records of your time worked, and
- Pay at least one and a half times your regular pay rate for all hours you work over 40 in any given workweek.
Under federal law, in most situations, employees are owed overtime pay if they work more than 40 hours per week. Special rules apply for specific situations and some employers may take advantage of different laws to pay their workers less than what they deserve.
We can determine if you qualify for overtime pay and calculate how much is owed. If you believe your employer has not paid the legal amount you deserve, and you don’t know whether to pursue an overtime pay dispute, schedule a free consultation with us today.