(Closed) Employer not paying time & a half for overtime…vent

posted 6 years ago in Career
  • poll: If YOU were in my SO's position, would you approach your employer about the issue?
    Absolutely, they are breaking the law : (20 votes)
    61 %
    Maybe : (7 votes)
    21 %
    No, I would be afraid they would fire me (also illegal btw) : (1 votes)
    3 %
    No, it's not a big deal : (4 votes)
    12 %
    other : (1 votes)
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  • Post # 17
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    634 posts
    Busy bee

    @soontobemrsm11:  Employees get stepped on a LOT. I think there is some honest lack of understanding of the law on employer’s parts (retail and food service is RIFE with this, particularly those that promote from within; which I support; and only give training on what is needed to basically operate the business; which I don’t support.) but you can only claim ignorance ONCE.

    Post # 18
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    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    @soontobemrsm11:  Don’t worry about retaliation.  If she is polite and respectful about it, they aren’t going to be mad!  All you have to do is say, “Hey, HR, I was under the impression that I qualified for 1.5pay after 40 hours a week, but it doesn’t show up like that in my paycheck.  Could you clarify as to why it doesn’t apply, or help me fix the situation?”  If you accuse them of being wrong, they might get heated, but if you phrase it more as a question of clarity, then they’re more likely to be helpful and get a good response!

    Post # 19
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    4495 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    @abbie017:  +1. I think this is the best way to phrase it without coming across as being hostile or aggressive.

    My Future Brother-In-Law works for a private company that has required overtime and it isn’t paid – at all. Not even his regular rate of pay. Nothing. He is salaried, but still I think thats crazy. I have no idea why or how they get around it. They used to be a defense contractor, but they went private a couple of years ago. He’s a computer engineer and works on aircraft ‘stuff’ (not really sure lol).

    I’m a salaried federal employee and I still get 1.5x/hour for any OT.

    Post # 21
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    223 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: January 2014

    I work at a non-profit and they indicated that they are not required by law to pay overtime pay however they choose to do it because they feel it is fair. So I do believe some (if not all) non-profit organizations do not have to pay.

    However it does not hurt to shoot HR an email and ask for clarification on the matter.

    Post # 22
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    1684 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    @adoc86:  I’m salaried in the private sector and don’t receive OT.  However, my Fiance is a government worker that receives it.  Our friends seem pretty split on whether the receive it or not.  Those that receive it tend to work for the goverment or work for government funded companies (e.x. Electric Boat)

    Post # 23
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    215 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    I would have her say something. Everyone is jumping to conclusions, but it could be an honest mistake on the part of her employer. Maybe a simple hourly rate did not get changed and overlooked. And don’t let her fear retaliation, she can go in and ask a simple question without taking it to another level.

    Post # 24
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    3570 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    I am a lawyer paid by the hour and I do not receive overtime, even though I am required to work it.  Certain classes of employees, like professionals in offices are not entitled to overtime under the Fair Labor Standards Act.  They are non-covered, exempt employees.

    This explains who is covered and non-exempt (ie. entitled to OT).
    http://www.flsa.com/coverage.html 

    Post # 25
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    523 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: March 2014

    Does her company have an employee manual?  She should take a look at it to see if there’s anything written in there about overtime.

    Also, there ARE some states that have their own wage-and-hour laws that could possibly require overtime even if the FLSA doesn’t.  That’s worth looking into also.

    Post # 26
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    11520 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: May 2014

    @soontobemrsm11:  I don’t think they legally have to pay her time and a half, they only have to pay her for the time.  It depends on what her position is, how many hours a week she agreed to work, part time versus full time…

    Post # 28
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    3725 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    @soontobemrsm11:  It could just be a payroll mistake. I would speak with payroll first. Perhaps her employee classification changed too (e.g., exempt vs non-exempt). Don’t jump to conclusions!

    Post # 29
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    1868 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    you will need to look into her contract with her employer. It will specify whether she is due OT pay or not.

    Post # 30
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    12246 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: May 2013

    My old company used to cook the books and change our clock-in/clock-out times so they wouldn’t have to pay us OT.

    I’d rather get paid at standard rate than not get paid at all!

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