Moore & Associates are unpaid overtime attorneys in Houston, Texas who may be able to assist you if you have worked over 40 hours a week and yet still have not received time and a half pay for the hours you worked overtime. There are many reasons why employers might get away with not paying their workers time and a half for overtime. Some employers claim that their workers are exempt from overtime pay. While some workers are, in fact, exempt, most workers are not exempt, and should be paid for overtime worked. Other employers may find other loopholes to try to avoid paying workers for overtime. At the end of the day, if you work more than 40 hours in a given week, you are more likely than not entitled to receive overtime pay. This means you would be entitled to receive pay for time and a half for every hour over 40 hours you work. If you think you might be entitled to overtime pay, or have unpaid overtime, consider reaching out to Moore & Associates, an unpaid overtime law firm in Houston, Texas.
Understanding Overtime Pay Exemptions in Houston, Texas
If your employer told you are exempt from receiving overtime pay in Houston, Texas, you may be wondering whether or not you are entitled to receive overtime pay. Moore & Associates are unpaid overtime lawyers in Houston, Texas who may be able to assist you with determining whether you are an exempt worker. If you are not an exempt worker and are entitled to unpaid overtime, you may have the right to claim time and a half pay for every hour you worked over 40 hours in a given week for your employer.
What are some workers who are exempt from overtime pay? In order to be exempt from overtime pay, you must be a salaried worker, making at least $684 per week, and must be an executive, professional, or an administrator. Many workers might be told that they are exempt because they are salaried workers making more than the minimum each week, but meeting these standards alone isn’t enough. According to the Department of Labor, you must also be in a position of management to be exempt from overtime pay. This includes managing at least two full-time workers. It also means that the employee must have the ability to hire or fire other workers. Another test includes whether the worker has the ability to make independent decisions regarding the direction the company takes. Finally, if you are in a position where your job requires advanced knowledge or where you bring intellectual capital to the company, you may also be exempt from overtime pay. Generally, for workers to qualify for this knowledge-based exemption, they must hold an advanced degree in the sciences or some other field requiring specialized training or instruction. Finally, creative or artistic workers may also be exempt from overtime pay.
Determining whether your work passes any of these tests can be complicated. If you are unsure about whether you are exempt and your employer isn’t paying you for overtime, you could be losing out on hundreds or even thousands of dollars in salary and wages. Moore & Associates is an unpaid overtime law firm in Houston, Texas that can review your situation to determine whether you are in fact an exempt employee. Contact our unpaid overtime law firm today to learn more. If you are, in fact, entitled to receive overtime, Moore & Associates can help you take steps to seek back pay and unpaid overtime.
Confronting Your Employer for Unpaid Overtime
It can take immense courage to confront your employer if you have not been paid for overtime work, or if you believe your employer has violated the law. Some workers fear that they might be retaliated against (lose their job, lose out on promotions, or end up in a hostile work environment). Other workers might be worried that they might be demoted to hourly work or may face the loss of their salary that they rely upon. Before taking any action, it is important to understand whether or not you are an exempt worker.
So, what can you do? It can feel risky and frightening to confront an employer about unpaid overtime. Moore & Associates is an unpaid overtime law firm in Houston, Texas that may be able to assist you with understanding first whether you are entitled to receive overtime and secondly to evaluate the best course of action to take to receive the wages you might be entitled to get. Contact our unpaid overtime attorneys today to learn more. You might be entitled to receive hundreds or even thousands of dollars in unpaid wages. USAttorneys.com can connect you with the unpaid overtime lawyers at Moore & Associates today.