State and federal wage and hour regulations grant hourly occupations very specific rights in the employment context. If you think the company you work for may be violating your rights as an hourly worker, you are probably not alone among your other co-workers that are being compensated on an hourly basis. In order to maximize their profits, many employers push the restrictions of hourly wage regulations.
If your occupation has been categorized as non-exempt, it means your company is mandated to observe all state and federal regulations relating to overtime compensation. Unlike an exempt worker, your company must compensate you overtime wages for working beyond the standard 40 hours per week. In addition to overtime wages, employers must guarantee many other employment rights as well.
Did you know?
If you are the first employee at your place of employment to get the ball rolling regarding a class action lawsuit against an unlawful employer, you are usually entitled to extra compensation.
This is known as a service award.