Many workers wonder if they are entitled to unpaid overtime wages after the extra work they’ve put in. There are two different sets of laws that may apply in this type of situation. To begin, it is important to find out whether your employer is classified under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). This act is a federal law that enforces the right for certain employees to collect unpaid overtime wages and usually ensures time and a half for overtime pay. Second, the majority of states enforce specific regulations concerning overtime and wages, so it is also important to check the specific laws in your state.

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Standard positions that usually do not qualify for overtime wages include the following:

• Independent contractors
• Volunteers
• Babysitters
• Amusement park staff
• Newspaper deliverers
• Small farm workers
• Computer consultants (who make an hourly wage of least $27.63)
• Outside salespeople (who work off the company’s premises)

State laws, federal laws, and the Fair Labor Standards Act encompass a wide variety of scenarios, so it’s probable that your employer must act in accordance with at least one of them. To figure out whether the laws implemented by the FLSA can protect you, usually you must qualify as a “nonexempt” worker. Nonexempt employees fall under the FLSA’s guidelines, and are normally qualified to receive overtime pay. To be a “nonexempt” worker, you must usually pass a three-part test. This includes a salary level test, a salary basis test, and a duties test.
If you are paid less than $23,600 annually (or approximately $455 weekly), are not salaried, not employed in a management position, and are not employed in a line of work that is ineligible to collect overtime wages, then the Fair Labor Standards Act will probably cover you and you will be eligible to collect unpaid overtime wages.

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