Federal regulations enforce the overtime law that all employees, except for ones that are ineligible, collect overtime pay for any hours worked beyond the forty hours of a full-time workweek. The amount of overtime wages is one and one-half times the employee’s normal rate of wages, and must be paid as actual monetary earnings, not in time off, services, or goods. Regulations mandated by The United States Department of Labor enforce that all employees who earn less than $455 weekly or $23,660 annually, are permitted to collect overtime wages by default.
Do you feel you are rightfully owed overtime wages from your employer? Contact an employment law attorney in your area today to learn more about receiving the wages that you earned.
Several questions regarding overtime include which employees are ineligible from collecting overtime wages.
Employees who earn a greater income than the amount mentioned above are ineligible from receiving overtime pay if they are paid on a salary, and not on an hourly basis, and if their occupation falls into one of the following classifications:
- Creative Professional: Jobs involving talent, invention, and imagination
- Learned Professional: Careers that require advanced knowledge in a particular field
- Executive: Work related to management
- Outside Sales Employees: Sells on the company’s behalf but does not work on premises
- Computer Employees: Creates, develops, or modifies computer programs or systems
It is important to note that the job categories listed above can be rather vague, and it is possible that you may still be eligible for overtime wages even if your job falls into one of those categories. If you have questions as to whether your line of work entitles you to overtime wages, we can help.
Keep in mind that a “workweek” is defined as seven uninterrupted, full, twenty-four days or a timeframe of 168 hours. The workweek may begin at any day or any time, as long as the starting and ending time and day are used consistently to make a full workweek. Employees who are entitled to overtime pay may not give up on their prerogative to receive overtime pay.
Do you need more information about overtime wage laws? We are here to help! Contact an employment lawyer today to find out more about overtime wage laws and how they apply to you and your situation. You may be entitled to overtime pay in an employment law settlement.