Overtime in Texas and New Mexico is governed by federal law and specifically the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”). Under the Fair Labor Standards Act, non-exempt employees who work more than 40 hours per work week are typically entitled to receive at least one and one half times their regular rate of pay for the overtime hours.
The Act applies to individual employees and enterprises who in any workweek (are) engaged in commerce or in the production of goods for commerce. [29 U.S.C. Section 206 (a)]. For most firms to meet the engaged in commerce requirement, the employer must have annual revenues of at least $500,000. The Fair Labor Standards Act covers the following companies regardless of sales volume:
The following individuals are not considered employees and therefore are not covered by the Fair Labor Standards Act or eligible to meet the requirements of the provision:
Who is Exempt From Overtime Pay?
The general rule is as follows: Employees are classified as non-exempt by the Fair Labor Standards Act and entitled to overtime pay. This liberal interpretation of the Fair Labor Standards Act is meant to accomplish the goal of outlawing from interstate commerce, goods produced under conditions that fall below minimum standards of decency (Alamo Foundation v. Secretary of Labor, 471 U.S. 290 1985). However, exemptions do exist that relieve an employer of overtime pay requirements. Exempt employees typically fit into one of the following categories:
How Do You Know If You Are an Exempt Employee?
The best way to discover your proper pay status (exempt or non-exempt) as an employee is to contact an Austin overtime lawyer that specializes in representing employees. Many overtime exemption classifications are highly case specific and require a careful application of facts to the relevant law. If you cannot contact an attorney who specializes in representing employees, you may contact the United States Department of Labor. The Department of Labor also maintains a very good web site which provides information for employees about overtime classifications. You may access that web site here.
PLEASE NOTE: EVEN IF YOUR EMPLOYER HAS CLASSIFIED YOU AS EXEMPT DOES NOT MEAN THAT YOU ARE ACTUALLY EXEMPT FROM OVERTIME. IN THE PAST DECADE, IT HAS COME TO LIGHT THAT MANY EMPLOYERS BIG AND SMALL HAVE FAILED TO PROPERLY CLASSIFY THEIR EMPLOYEES PURSUANT TO OVERTIME LAWS. TO DETERMINE IF YOU HAVE BEEN PROPERLY CLASSIFIED, YOU SHOULD CONTACT AN OVERTIME ATTORNEY IN AUSTIN OR NEARBY YOUR WORKPLACE.
Common Employer Violations:
Some employers commit the following violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act intentionally to avoid paying overtime, while other employers fail to understand the extent of the law:
What to Do if Your Employer Denies Your Right to Overtime Pay?
Contact an overtime attorney immediately, and preferably an attorney who routinely represents employees in employment litigation. To preserve your rights under the law for this type of illegal employment action, you should act quickly as overtime claims are typically subject to a two year statute of limitations. Lastly, keep all records related to employment and hours worked. These records may prove invaluable in a later lawsuit.
The FLSA also provides that it is illegal, in certain circumstances, for an employer to retaliate against an employee for seeking to enforce his overtime rights. For example, courts have found that it is illegal for an employer to retaliate against an employee for contacting the Department of Labor about overtime violations.
If you feel you have been discriminated on the basis of pay and wish to speak to a Texas equal pay rights attorney at the Martinez & Martinez Law Firm, please submit a case review form or contact us at Martinez@martinezlawyers.com.
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