The United States Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) has provisions that require employers to pay non-exempt employees for hours worked over 40 in a work week at no less than time and one-half of their regular pay. Yet, for the past seven years, complaints related to FLSA regulations regarding overtime have risen steadily and are up 438 percent since 2000. This statistic indicates that employers are either unaware of these regulations or simply choose to ignore them in an effort to reduce payroll costs.
According to the US Department of Labor, overtime pay applies to a fixed and regularly occurring period of 168 hours, which is the equivalent of seven consecutive 24-hour periods. Workweeks may be established by the employer and do not have to coincide with a calendar week. An employer may not average hours over two weeks. In March 2014, President Obama signed a memorandum that began the process of updating the FLSA overtime rules.
Overtime Protections Eroded
The US Department of Labor reports that, over time, protections regarding overtime have eroded. The agency reports that the 40-hour workweek has eroded, leaving many salaried workers without overtime pay, even though employers expect them to work 50 or 60 hours per week. Although workers who are paid an hourly wage or make below a certain salary threshold are protected under FSLA regulations, the threshold has not been changed since 2004, when it was set at $455 per week, or less than $24,000 per year. Only 12 percent of salaried workers make less than that annually, making them ineligible for overtime. Many employers also complain that the regulations are too complicated to understand, making it difficult for them to know when they are required to pay overtime.
Under today’s FLSA regulations, any covered, non-exempt employee who works more than 40 hours in one オンライン カジノ week must receive overtime pay at one and one-half times their hourly rate. In addition, some states have enacted overtime pay regulations with higher standards than the current federal law. The federal law covers only hours worked over 40 hours in one week and overtime pay is not required simply because an employee works weekends, holidays or during night hours. However, if an employee normally works Monday through Friday and is required by an employer to work on a Saturday, they may be entitled to overtime if the Saturday hours cause them to work more than 40 hours in that week.
If you have been required to work more than 40 hours in one week and your employer has not paid overtime for those hours, you may be eligible to file a claim regarding FLSA violations. Carse Law can help you file those claims or pursue a lawsuit against your employer. Contact them today for a free, no obligation consultation to learn what rights are available to you.