Many workers in California work extra hours from time to time. Sometimes an emergency comes up at work, or an important deadline simply has to be met. In other cases, you may be helping out when other employees are on vacation or simply picking up a few extra shifts at the request of your boss. Whatever the case, it is important to consider whether you are being fairly paid for the time you are putting in.
In some cases, you might be entitled to overtime pay. This is an increased rate that can apply when you work more than your usual hours. However, there are a number of factors that can affect whether you are entitled to this increased rate of pay. For example, volunteers, contractors, and various other workers such as those who deliver newspapers or babysit are generally not entitled to this rate.
Another factor is your total salary, as this article on employee rights explains. This determines whether you are likely to be covered by the Fair Labor Standards Act and by extension affects whether you should be being paid overtime for your extra shifts. Another factor is your role within the organization, as certain positions, such as managerial roles may be excluded by the FLSA.
If you feel like you are being unfairly treated at work or you are concerned about your rate of pay, you might benefit from legal advice and support. Wage and hour dispute attorneys may have some of the answers you require and also might be able to suggest the best course of action to take in order to improve your situation. With the right guidance, you can pursue the fair wages you deserve and ensure that your employer is aware of and prepared to uphold your rights.
Your job is more than just a source of income. It is a major part of your lifestyle. If you have been the victim of wrongful termination, wrongful demotion or any kind of discriminatory business practices, it is time to take action and contact a Ventura employment law attorney that can help. Attorney Matthew A. Kaufman and the team at The Kaufman Law Firm bring experience and a vast arsenal of legal resources to help clients recover the money they deserve.
To learn more, contact our Westlake Village or Los Angeles law office today and schedule an initial consultation to discuss your case.