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Many office managers, especially office managers who are paid on a salary basis, believe that they are not entitled to overtime pay.  According to our overtime lawyers at Phillips Dayes Law Firm, this is not always the case.  The fact that an employee has the word “manager” in his or her title does not automatically exempt that employee from overtime pay, nor does the way that person is paid.  Unfortunately, many office workers are illegally denied overtime pay every day in the United States, either because their employers don’t understand overtime laws or because their employers are taking advantage of the workers’ lack of understanding of overtime laws.  If you are an office manager or are employed in a similar capacity to an office manager, it’s a good idea for you to familiarize yourself with the overtime laws that apply to you so that you can ensure you are recovering the full pay to which you are entitled.

Overtime Pay for Office Managers

Under the FLSA (Fair Labor Standards Act), individuals who fit into the following categories are not entitled to overtime pay: executive, administrative, or professional. It is important to note that there are specific criteria that establish an employee as an administrative worker. If an office manager does not fulfill the following criteria, he or she is entitled to overtime pay:

  • His or her primary duties must require discretion and independent judgment in relation to significant or important matters.
  • He or she must earn at least $455 per week.
  • His or her primary duties must include work that is in direct relation to management or business operations.

Consultation with an Overtime Lawyer

Whether you are a secretary, an administrative assistant, or an office manager, you still may not qualify for overtime pay exemptions as an “administrator”. The laws surrounding overtime pay exemptions can be confusing, and even experienced workers and their employers may have an erroneous understanding of these laws. If you are an office manager or similarly employed and you feel that you were illegally denied overtime pay, an overtime lawyer from our firm can help you gain a better understanding of these laws to determine whether your rights have been violated. For more information, we invite you to contact us to schedule a consultation with an overtime lawyer.

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