When you work long hours at your job, you get paid overtime – right? At least that’s the way it used to be. In the 70s, more than 60% of America’s full-time salaried workers earned overtime pay when they put in over 40 hours per week. But now, that number has dropped to just 6%.
As Warren Zevon (and a top Sprint exec) have said…It’s going to take “lawyers, guns, and money” to get out of this. Lots of lawyers, hired guns, and $34,150,000, along with 10 years of litigation, has indeed got Sprint out of this case. Last month, a court in Kansas granted final approval of settlements
While the labor laws on overtime pay at the federal level (and for most states) permit non-exempt salaried workers’ overtime pay to be calculated using the fluctuating-workweek method (aka Chinese Overtime), there are currently 7 states that prohibit or limit such pay schemes: Alaska, California, New Mexico, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Montana, and New Jersey. Rulings
The U.S. Department of Labor recently issued an opinion letter that clarifies an important question for employees who are paid a guaranteed weekly salary plus an hourly wage or other extra compensation, such as flat sums, bonuses, straight-time hourly, or even time-and-a-half. These often highly compensated workers are typically classified as “exempt” from the
A judge in Texas recently handed a class of drilling rig workers a big win – agreeing that two types of bonuses should have been included when determining their overtime pay rate. This is yet another in a long line of cases in which oilfield workers have successfully pursued recovery of back overtime wages.