Wages and Overtime

Wage Payment

If you get fired, you are entitled to be paid all of the wages owed to you within 72 hours.  If you quit, your employer must pay you all the wages you are owed no later than the next regular pay period.  If you give at least one pay period’s notice that you intend to quit, then your employer must pay you all of your wages at the end of our last day of work.

Wages include all regular pay, overtime and commissions.  Wages may also include vacation pay you have earned but not used.

If your employer does not pay you all of your wages, or pays them late, you are entitled to get any wages you are owed.  Plus, you get three times the amount of wages you are owed, or which were paid late. 

I help employees get the wages they have earned.  For these cases, I get paid only if you get paid.

If your last employer owes you wages, call me to discuss your case.

Overtime

Most people are entitled to be paid overtime when they work more than 40 hours in a work week.   Almost everyone who is paid by the hour is entitled to overtime.  Professionals, like lawyers and doctors, head administrators and managers who have hiring or firing authority are not entitled to be overtime – if they are paid a salary of more than $455.00 a week.  There are some other exceptions, but most other workers are entitled to overtime.

You may be entitled to overtime even if you are paid a salary.   Entitlement to overtime depends on your job duties, not just on whether you get a salary.   For example, secretaries and other office workers who get a salary are generally entitled to overtime when they have to work more than 40 hours in a work week.

Call me to talk about whether you should get overtime.

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