A salaried employee is an employee that receives a specific amount of money each year and each week, regardless of the amount of hours worked. This means that often, an employee who is salaried and works beyond the normal amount of hours that are classified as full time will not be entitled to overtime compensation. However, there are some exceptions to this and many salaried employees do not realize the rights they are entitled to when it comes to overtime compensation.
If you are categorized as an exempt worker, it means that your employment responsibilities entitle your company to reject your claim for overtime compensation. It doesn't mean, on the other hand, that your company has a right to violate your prerogatives to a precise categorization. Companies have a specific set of criteria they must be applicable in order to categorize a position as being exempt from federal overtime compensation and other wage-and-hour regulations.
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As a method to encourage employees to bring attention to company violations, the first individual who comes forward to file a class action case is usually qualified to receive an extra amount of compensation referred to as a service award.
Our employment law attorneys have sustainable amounts of experience in assisting clients with high service awards, in addition to maximum damages in the form of a jury award or employment law settlement.