When employees work more than the federally-determined 40 hours per week, they are entitled to overtime pay. Overtime regulations have been revamped recently, and they have added a minimum requirement for the amount received in return for overtime work. Workers must be paid 1.5x their normal hourly wage for any hours worked over 40 per week.
Overtime does not necessarily apply to hours worked on weekends or holidays, as those can be “regular” hours for some certain jobs. When determining an hourly wage, the payment for the week is divided by hours worked in the week. If a salary is given on a weekly basis, and the job requires 50 hours of work, then the salary amount is divided by 50 to give the hourly wage. That wage is then multiplied by 1.5 to give the overtime pay, and that is multiplied by 10 because of the 10 extra hours worked in the week.
It is important to keep employers accountable and make sure that you get the compensation to which you are entitled. It may be the case that your employer is unaware of the statutes regarding overtime pay, or they may be intentionally trying to pay you less than you deserve. In either situation you can help protect yourself by being aware of your rights.
If you feel that you have not received sufficient compensation for overtime work, or for any other employment law needs, contact the Austin employment lawyers of The Melton Law Firm at 512-330-0017 today for a consultation.