02/13/2012 // Los Angeles, CA, USA // Keller Grover LLP // Los Angeles Employment Lawyer Eric Grover
Los Angeles, CA (Los Angeles Employment Lawyer News) — Working a 40-hour work week in this day and age may be considered lazy by some people’s standards; those who are otherwise working 50 to 60 hours a week in order to achieve the “American Dream.” The employment lawyers at Los Angeles and Bay Area-based Keller Grover LLP warn these ambitious workers to pay attention to their paychecks to ensure they are being paid for every penny of overtime that they have earned.
“While there are plenty of workers who are willing to work overtime, there are also many employers who take advantage of worker’s naïveté and fail to compensate them for their time worked,” explains Eric Grover, a Los Angeles employment lawyer.
According to the federal government, any time worked over 40 hours is typically subjected to an overtime pay rate, unless you are exempt from overtime laws. Employers are required by law to compensate hourly workers for time and a half, for every hour worked over 40 hours.
But not everyone is eligible to receive overtime pay under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). For instance, executives, professional, administrative employees, small farm employees and computer specialists are not subject to overtime compensation. Some states have labor law provisions that include the exemptions, while some cover beyond what the FLSA requires.
Overtime laws vary from state to state. In California, overtime must be paid at one and half times the employee’s rate of pay when an employee works more than eight hours in a day, and two times the rate of pay when an employee works over 12 hours — known as double time.
Failing to adhere to FLSA has resulted in the payment of $175.6 million in minimum wage and overtime back wages to 208,000 employees in 2010, U.S. Department of Labor reports revealed.
“Teens and young adults are often the workers cheated out of overtime pay, because they simply are not aware of the labor laws and what their employment rights are,” explains Grover, a California wage and hour lawyer. “Employees need to educate themselves in order to ensure that their employer is responsible and adheres to the appropriate employment regulations. Some employers will continue the illegal practice until someone makes a complaint.”
If you believe that you have been cheated out of overtime wages, it’s important that you seek an experienced California employment lawyer to help you hold the responsible parties accountable and fight for the compensation you may deserve. Keeping accurate records above and beyond what your employer is responsible for will help ensure that you are compensated fairly.
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