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Many IT employees believe that they are not entitled to overtime pay, but this is not always the case. Unless an employee falls into one of three categories, his or her employer is legally obligated to pay that employee 1.5 times their established hourly rate (commonly termed “time-and-a-half”) for every hour worked in excess of 40 hours in a work week. If you are an IT worker, it is important that you learn more about IT worker exemptions from overtime pay so that you can ensure you are being properly paid for your work.

Are all IT Workers Exempt from Overtime Pay?

It is a common misconception that all IT employees are exempt from, or not entitled to, overtime pay. In truth, it is not an employee’s job title or field of employment that renders him or her exempt from overtime pay, but the actual job duties that employee regularly performs. To meet overtime exemption requirements, an IT worker must fall into one of the following categories: executive, administrative, or professional.

Though each employee’s situation is unique, it is a generally accepted rule of thumb that system analysts and programmers are exempt from overtime pay because they are “professionals”. This means that they have pursued an extended course of study specific to their fields. Many states also require an IT professional to earn a minimum annual income from their IT work before declaring that person exempt from overtime pay. Most employees who perform machine repair, the installation of software, or whose duties are primarily related to technical support are entitled to overtime pay.

Learn More: Contact an Overtime Attorney

The laws surrounding IT worker overtime exemptions differ according to the state in which those workers are employed, and these laws can often be complex.  If you are an IT employee and you believe you have been denied overtime pay to which you are entitled, an overtime attorney from Phillips Dayes Law Firm can help you determine if your rights have been violated.  To learn more about overtime pay for IT employees, we invite you to contact us for a free consultation with an experienced overtime attorney.

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