Under both federal and state labor laws, employees are entitled to receive overtime pay if they work for more than 40 hours per week. Unfortunately, employers sometimes try to avoid their overtime obligations using dishonest tactics that result in an employee receiving less compensation than he is entitled to under the law.
If your employer has failed to pay overtime payments for excess hours worked, you have the right to make a legal claim for compensation. An experienced Boston employment lawyer at the Law Offices of Jeffrey S. Glassman can help with your case. Give us a call or contact us online today to learn more about how we can assist you.Massachusetts Laws on Excess Hours
While the typical schedule for an employee is to work eight hours per day, five days per week, Massachusetts’ law does not require excess hours to be paid every time a worker’s time exceeds eight hours per day. While some states impose this requirement and order overtime if an employee continues working after he has completed eight hours in a day, Massachusetts’ overtime rules measure hours worked on a weekly basis.
Under the federal and state overtime laws, this means that once a worker in Massachusetts has completed 40 hours of work in a single week, any excess hours must be paid at an overtime rate of time-and-a-half. A worker who normally makes $10 per hour, therefore, would make $15 per hour for each hour or portion of an hour that he works over 40 per week.Employer Violations of Labor Laws Related to Excess Hours
Employers often use a number of dishonest tactics to pay workers less than they should for excess hours worked. For example, employers may:
- Incorrectly classify a worker as exempt to avoid paying overtime at all.
- Ask employees to do a little bit of extra or to “hang around” before or after work when they are not on-the-clock. Employees must be paid for all of the time they are at work.
- Asking employees to come in to the office and wait “on call” with no payment for the time spent waiting.
- Calling employees back to work after hours to complete a quick job.
- Requiring employees to complete “unfinished” work after hours without being clocked in.
- Asking you to do certain tasks off-the-clock such as getting tables set or getting dressed at work in a company uniform.
If your employer engages in these or any other behaviors that deprive you of overtime pay, you may be entitled to receive the back wages you should have been paid as well as triple damages.Getting Legal Help
Our experienced legal team can help you to take legal action if your employer has not fairly compensated you for excess hours worked.