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Many salaried employees believe that they are exempt from receiving overtime pay, but this isn’t always the truth. In fact, many employers take advantage of this common misconception to withhold overtime pay from employees to whom they are legally obligated to pay “time-and-a-half”, or 1.5 times their normal hourly rate for every hour worked over 40 hours in a work week. If you are a salaried employee and you suspect you have been wrongfully denied overtime pay to which you are entitled, we encourage you to contact a member of the employment law team at Phillips Dayes Law Firm to learn more about your rights and how we can protect them.

Overtime Pay for Salaried Employees

When an employee earns a salary, he or she is paid the same amount of money every week, regardless of how many hours that employee worked. While many people, including many employers, believe this makes these employees exempt from receiving overtime pay, an employee must fit into one of three categories in order to be exempt from overtime. If an employee can be classified as an executive, a professional, or an administrator, then that employee is likely exempt from overtime pay. There are very detailed laws regulating the job duties that make an employee exempt from overtime. If a worker believes that he or she has been illegally denied overtime pay, it’s a good idea for that person to retain the counsel of an employment lawyer to help them understand these overtime laws.

Contact an Overtime Pay Attorney

Though many salaried employees think that they are not entitled to overtime pay, the truth is that it is a person’s job duties not the way he or she is paid that determines whether that person is exempt from overtime pay. Overtime pay laws can be complex, and in many cases employers unintentionally deny overtime pay to salaried employees because they do not fully understand these laws. Our overtime pay lawyers have intimate knowledge of the laws regulating overtime pay. If you earn a salary but you think you may still be entitled to overtime pay, we encourage you to contact us for a legal consultation.

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