Question About Unpaid Overtime

Question About Unpaid Overtime?

U.S. employees are allowed several protections under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). This includes "premium pay"--also known as overtime--for hours that are worked in excess of the 40-hour work week.

The overtime rate is 150% of normal pay and is typically referred to as "time-and-a-half". Alarmingly, many employees are being denied their rightful compensation by their employers. These disputes have increased substantially in recent years, with more Americans claiming violations of the FLSA laws.

The overtime rules of the FLSA are enforced by the Wage and Hour Division of the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL). DOL agents gather data from everywhere to determine employees' adherence to the policies of the FLSA. They will also offer guidance to bring unpaid overtime offenders into compliance. Employers who violate overtime pay requirements are subject to penalties. Also important to note: it is illegal for employers to retaliate against employees for filing unpaid overtime complaints.

According to the FLSA, employees may file a suit for the unpaid overtime they have not received. An employee may not bring an unpaid overtime suit if he or she has already been paid back wages or if the Secretary of Labor has already filed suit to recover these wages. The statute of limitations on recovering back pay for unpaid overtime is two years. On occasions where the overtime compensation violation was deliberate on the part of the employer, the statute of limitations is three years. Over the past few years, complaints about unpaid overtime have almost doubled--and this number does not include suits filed under the state law. These complaints are not just coming from wait staff or retail workers, either. They also include employees who earn much higher wages.

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