When you surpass your normal working hours in order to increase your employer’s profits, you deserve to be fairly compensated for your sacrifice. Unfortunately, many employers believe that they can get away with cheating their hard-working staff. Your employer’s unlawful actions must not go unopposed, especially if it has become a normal routine in your place of work. Has your employer denied you overtime payment? The lawyers at HKM Employment Attorneys understand your frustration and are here to help. Throughout our more than 40 years of combined practice in employment law, we have successfully assisted countless clients to recover their maximum wages owed.
Overtime Pay in Kansas Typically Involves Working More Than 40 Hours Per Week
As per the Department of Labor, all hourly employees who work more than 46 hours in a workweek are entitled to overtime pay, which is one and a half times their normal hourly wage. However, federal law (the Fair Labor Standards Act) is more just toward workers and requires that overtime is paid to workers whenever they work more than 40 hours per week. As such, the 46-hour workweek overtime limit only applies to employees who are not covered under federal law. Some domestic workers, hospital workers, school employees, and employees of businesses that gross less than $500,000 per year are not covered under the Fair Labor Standards Act. Some employees are not entitled to state or federal overtime pay. These specific forms of employment include the following:
- Agricultural workers;
- Seasonal workers;
- Casual laborers;
- Newspaper vendors or delivery workers;
- Wildfire fighters and forest protection workers;
- Salary based employees such as professionals, executives, and administrators.
Whenever there is a conflict between what Kansas state laws and federal laws, your employer must follow the law that is more favorable to the employee. For example, under federal law, an employee who works as a computer systems analyst, programmer, computer engineer, or another type of skilled employee working in the computer field, must be paid a salary or hourly wage that earns at least $455 per week or $27.63 per hour, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.
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Many employees fear retaliation from their employers and a potentially large time commitment needed to bring a claim against a large company. This essentially stops the employee from going any further than grumbling about the injustice, and the employer goes on taking advantage of employees well into the future, creating increased stress and job dissatisfaction. Unlike most law firms, HKM Employment Attorneys solely practices employment law and disputes. This gives us and our clients an advantage when it comes to negotiating with employers out of court, understanding state and federal laws, and filing lawsuits when necessary. We understand the difficulties that you are facing and will work to find the best solution available to you in order to recover the overtime pay that you are owed. Contact the Kansas City HKM Employment Attorneys LLP to set up a consultation at no expense to you. We are here to answer any questions you may have.