Is your overtime not being paid in Houston despite working double or even triple shifts? It could be because you did not actually work any more than 40 hours in a single week. In the state of Texas, employers only owe overtime when their employees exceed 40 hours in a single, seven-day workweek.
If you consistently work 10-, 12-, or even 15-hour shifts but you are not paid for overtime, you may be wondering if your employer is taking advantage of you. Unfortunately for employees in Texas, there is no daily overtime.
Thus, if you worked three 12-hour shifts in one workweek, you would not receive any overtime despite the fact that you worked more than eight hours in a single day on three separate occasions. This is because your total time worked for the week would still only amount to 36 hours. If you worked three 15-hour shifts, on the other hand, your employer would be obligated to pay you overtime because you would have exceeded the standard 40-hour workweek by five hours.
If you have worked more than 40 hours in a single week but your employer failed to pay you overtime, contact Moore & Associates. Our firm only represents employees and we practice exclusively in the field of labor and employment law. Call 713-581-9001 to schedule a consultation.
Is There a Limit on the Number of Hours Per Day I Can Work?
If your employer frequently requires you to work more than eight consecutive hours, you may be wondering if there is a limit on just how many hours you can work in a single shift. Working long days can be worth it if you are getting paid overtime, but when you still end up working less than 40 hours a week, it can be incredibly frustrating.
According to the United States Department of Labor, there is no federal law limiting how many hours per day employees can work as long as they are at least 16 years old. There is also no limit on the number of hours an employee can work per week pursuant to the Fair Labor Standards Act.
I Think My Work Schedule Is Unreasonable—What Are My Options?
If your employer regularly asks you to work for more than eight hours in a row and it is affecting other aspects of your life, you may be wondering what kind of leverage you have as far as negotiating for a more reasonable schedule. Unfortunately, you have little recourse when it comes to scheduling if your employer is following all state and federal laws.
In general, employers have the right to devise and enforce work schedules. It is up to employees to comply with the schedules that they receive.
If you’ve been working for more than 40 hours per week but you were not paid for overtime in Houston, contact Moore & Associates to discuss your options. We have nearly 15 years of experience handling employment law cases.
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