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Iowa state overtime laws designed to ensure workers in this state are paid fairly mandate that all non-exempt workers employed in Iowa must be paid 1.5 times their normal hourly rate for all hours that exceed a 40-hour work week. Based on the current Iowa minimum hourly wage of $7.25, this means that workers in Iowa are entitled to overtime pay at a rate of not less than $10.88 per overtime hour. Iowa state overtime laws can be complex and difficult to interpret, and consequently a high number of Iowa workers don’t even realize that they may have been illegally denied overtime pay. To help Iowa employees make sure their rights are protected, the employment lawyers at Phillips Dayes Law Firm have compiled the following facts on Iowa state overtime laws.

Iowa State Overtime Exemptions

The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) is the body of federal laws designed by the Department of Labor to make sure American workers are treated and paid fairly. Iowa state overtime laws are closely based on these federal laws in that the following types of employees in Iowa are not legally guaranteed overtime pay:

  • Professional
  • Administrative
  • Executive

While these are the main categories of overtime-exempt employees, these additional types of workers may not be afforded the right to overtime pay under Iowa state laws:

  • Live-in employees
  • Outside sales representatives who set their own hours
  • Some transportation workers
  • Independent workers
  • Some workers in the agriculture and farming industries

Iowa Overtime Lawsuit Consultations

It’s very important that workers understand Iowa state overtime laws so that they can be sure they are being paid the full overtime wages to which they are entitled. Since there is a two-year statute of limitations on overtime lawsuits in Iowa, this means that plaintiffs in overtime lawsuit are entitled to back pay for overtime wages illegally denied them for a full two years prior to the date on which they file a claim. If you would like to learn whether your employer in Iowa illegally denied you overtime pay, contact an employment lawyer from Phillips Dayes Law Firm to schedule an Iowa overtime lawsuit consultation.

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