Some employees are willing to work overtime even if their employer doesn't require it. For these individuals, working overtime can be a way to earn extra money or to get ahead at their job. Overtime can also be a way for some people to feel more productive and contribute more to their workplace.
On the other hand, some employers require employees to work overtime regardless of whether they want to or not. This can often lead to employees feeling overworked and stressed out. Overtime can also take a toll on an employee's personal life as it can be difficult to balance work and home responsibilities. Additionally, working overtime can cause physical fatigue and may even lead to health issues.
Whether someone chooses overtime or not, they have the right to be adequately paid for the extra hours they worked. In Texas, there is specific legislation that reflects this law.
Fair Labor Standards Act
The Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 outlines overtime rules and pay. The law states that employees who work more than 40 hours a week will be adequately compensated for the extra time worked. Most of the time, the compensation is at a rate of 1.5 hours for each hour of overtime worked. However, employers can also offer paid time off in exchange for overtime compensation.
Exempt employees include those who work in executive, professional, administrative, or commissioned positions. Typically, individuals in these positions are not eligible for overtime pay. However, workers who are paid hourly or are considered non-exempt are entitled to overtime pay.
Despite what many may think, Texas law does not state that employers must pay time-and-a-half or similar pay to employees who work on holidays. Many employers, though, do choose to reward their employees with extra pay if they work on holidays.
Questions About Your Overtime Pay?
There are many issues that can arise regarding overtime pay. While many employers do follow federal and state laws, others do not. If your employer is breaking the law regarding overtime pay, count on Kennard Law, P.C. to work your case. Our dedicated employment attorneys know the local, state, and federal laws and have the experience to know if your employer is violating laws. Contact us online or by phone so we can start working towards getting the compensation you deserve. (855) 499-4514