Whether you regularly work overtime or you have an unusually long week once in a while, it is pivotal to make sure that you receive the compensation you deserve for your hard work. Unfortunately, some workers do not receive overtime pay in accordance with the law.
Denied overtime occurs for various reasons. Sometimes, employers try to take advantage of workers and lie to them. Moreover, some workers do not have a clear understanding of their rights. It is crucial to take a close look at overtime laws and take action if you have dealt with this firsthand.
Overtime pay and employer responsibilities
According to the Indiana Department of Labor, the Fair Labor Standards Act’s overtime provisions cover a majority of employers in Indiana. Furthermore, some employers not covered by this federal law find their firm covered by Indiana’s Minimum Wage Law, which also addresses overtime. When a covered employee works over 40 hours in one week, their employer must pay them at a rate of at least 1.5 times their standard pay rate.
Other overtime laws to review
You should note that employers are not required to pay overtime when an employee works for more than eight hours in one day, but only if they work over 40 hours in a given week. However, some contracts stipulate that employees must receive overtime pay if they work over eight hours in a day. Additionally, employers can require employees to work overtime, unless a contract prohibits overtime.
If you have experienced denied overtime or other employee rights violations, carefully gather evidence and assess your options.