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Does your position exempt you from overtime pay?

On Behalf of | Aug 30, 2018 | Firm News

When you work more than 40 hours per week, you want to receive compensation for your extended work time. Yet for many working individuals, a job that lacks work-life balance may not legally require payment in the United States.

The Fair Labor and Standards Act (FLSA) confirms that multiple groups of individuals do not prove eligible for overtime pay based on their careers and job descriptions. Before making a claim against your employer, you want to ensure that you do not fall into the ineligible category of workers. If you believe you are entitled to overtime pay that you are not receiving, speak to an experienced attorney who may help you develop a strong case to obtain compensation.

Those ineligible for overtime pay

According to FLSA laws, certain careers may not allow of overtime payments. Usually, instead of offering overtime payments, the FLSA ensures that these employees have other benefits including healthcare or vacation. These careers include:

  1. Executive employees: Executive employees include presidents of businesses or managers.
  2. Administrative employees: Administrative employees include vice presidents, directors and department heads.
  3. Professional employees: Professional employees may include attorneys, scientists, accountants and doctors.

In addition to office-related positions, other careers ineligible for overtime pay include employees of:

  • Seasonal establishments
  • Small newspapers
  • Fishing companies
  • Farms or agriculture

Federal overtime requirements expand throughout every state. If you work jobs not associated with ineligibility, you must contact an attorney committed to clarifying your rights to your wages. Understand that in the state of Illinois, you may not have the ability to work extended hours for pay.