Disputes regarding overtime are one of the most common types of wage and hour disagreements that occur in employer-employee relationships. As an employer, you want to ensure that you are paying your employees at the agreed-upon rate and that you do not incur unnecessary labor expenses. Similarly, as an employee, you want to be certain that you are being compensated appropriately for your time and that you are being paid in accordance with the applicable state and federal law.
In LA, Overtime disputes often involve determining whether an employee is exempt from overtime requirements, and also determining whether the employee worked in excess of the number of hours that define overtime. It is essential that anyone facing an overtime dispute retain the services of an experienced employment law attorney as soon as possible after the disagreement becomes apparent. The lawyers of HKM Employment Attorneys represent both employers and employees in overtime disputes, and strive to obtain the best possible result for each client we represent.
The federal law that regulates overtime is known as the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). It requires that non-exempt employees are paid at a rate of at least one and one-half their regular rate of pay for hours worked in excess of 40 hours per work week. Under California law workers are required to be paid one and one-half their regular rate of pay for any hours worked in excess of 40 hours in a week, or in excess of 8 hours per day. Both federal and state law provide that certain employees are exempt from these overtime requirements, provided that they perform certain function and earn a certain amount. These exemptions apply to employees such as:
- Administrative employees
- Outside sales people
- Certain seasonal workers
- Cab drivers
- Airline employees
- Personal attendants
- People employed in the fishing industry
There are other types of employees that may be exempt from state or federal overtime requirements, and anyone with questions regarding their or their employees’ status should consult with an experienced California employment law attorney as soon as possible.
Los Angeles Employment Attorneys Resolving Overtime Disputes
Whether you are an employer or an employee, the lawyers at HKM Employment Attorneys can help you resolve your issue. With almost 40 years of combined experience, our lawyers have the knowledge and skill required to help bring your case to a successful resolution. By retaining the services of one of our seasoned employment law attorneys, you can be certain that you are receiving the legal counsel you need. Overtime disputes can have serious legal and financial consequences, so do not delay in obtaining representation.
Contact a Los Angeles employment law attorney from our firm today if you are involved in a legal dispute regarding overtime compensation.