Most people work to find a sense of fulfillment and purpose. While for some people this is the only reason they seek employment, as financial compensation is not an important factor, for a majority of people, compensation for the work they complete is a major reason for working and what kind of job a person chooses. There are a variety of ways in which employees can be compensated for the work they do, such as hourly wages or salary.
Another way in which employees may be compensated is through overtime wages. These wages can be granted to part-time and full-time employees alike. However, according to federal regulations, certain employees are exempt from receiving overtime pay, no matter how much they work.
Common Overtime Exemptions
Employment law can be extremely complicated, and overtime regulations are no exception. These rules that govern which employees are allowed to receive overtime can be intricate and complex. However, a person is likely to be exempt from receiving overtime pay if they fall in one of the following categories:
* Executive or administrative employees
* Certain farmworkers
* Certain computer professionals who receive at least 27.63 an hour in wages
* Retail and service industry sales people
* Seasonal or recreational employees in certain jobs
These categories do not include every exempt employee, however, so it is usually a good idea for an employee to learn about their job specifically in order to determine whether they are eligible to receive overtime pay. Every employee deserves to be fairly compensated, however, some employers would rather have their employees overworked and underpaid than decrease their ROI.
Unfortunately, many employees who are supposed to legally receive overtime pay for exceeding the number of regular work hours are denied the overtime compensation which they should receive. In such situations, the wronged employee should consider taking legal action against their employer. If this has happened to you or a coworker, contact an employment lawyer to discuss your options for getting the full amount of pay you may be owed.