Overtime / Wage and Hour
Overtime seems simple enough, right? Wrong. The wage and hour laws are complicated, often misunderstood and frequently violated as a result. Employers must carefully comply with the wage and hour laws, while employees should be aware of these laws in order to be sure they are fully paid for their work.
In most circumstances, the Fair Labor Standards Act (FSLA) requires employers to pay non-exempt employees a minimum wage and time and a half pay for any work beyond a 40 hour work week. Employers that unlawfully fail to pay overtime can face serious liability in amounts far more than the originally-owed overtime pay. There are many other requirements and complexities associated with wage and hour laws.
For example, did you know that not all employees can be lawfully paid a salary, with no overtime pay? Businesses who misclassify non-exempt employees as exempt may owe months or even years of overtime wages, plus penalties.
Did you know that your business must keep detailed, accurate records of the hours that each non-exempt employee works on a daily basis?
Did you know that a single employee complaint can lead to a full-scale Department of Labor investigation of your entire payroll dating back several years?
There are many other facets of wage and hour law that may surprise or even alarm you. Non-compliance with overtime laws subjects employers to strict penalties and even class action lawsuits. Likewise, employees should be aware of these laws in order to be sure they are fully paid for their work.
If you are involved in an overtime dispute, we can help. We are experienced in handling complex overtime lawsuits, and we will explain the law to you, provide frank, sound advice and make strategic decisions with your interests in mind.