The United State Department of Labor (DOL) regulates how much businesses compensate their employee and fines employers who do meet certain minimum requirements. Those requirements are usually defined by the Department itself. One area where the DOL is very involved is in making sure that employees are paid for overtime according to federal laws and regulations.
The Department has proposed changes to its rules for when overtime is required to be paid. Businesses and employees need to be aware of when overtime pay is and is not required. Considerations such as hours worked in a day or in a week are relevant as are considerations of a employees’ total compensation and type of work. The rules are not as easy to interpret and follow as one would think.
This article provides an overview and history of the proposed rule changes.
If you are concerned whether overtime pay is required and how much is appropriate, you should consult an attorney who regularly works in employment law such as Tom Loper at Loper Law LLC.
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