Common Issues with Overtime
You have sacrificed a lot of things for your job. Maybe you have sacrificed too much, such as your health, family and friends, and extra time for recreation. The last thing you want is to not get the fruits of this sacrifice – overtime pay.
There are several reasons why you don’t get the overtime pay you rightfully deserve. Whatever those reasons are, they leave you with more work and stress, less pay, time, and respect.
One of the most common arguments employers bring up to avoid paying for overtime is that the employee claiming overtime pay is salaried. Though it is true that there are employees who are not eligible to overtime pay, such as executives, most employees have the right to be paid when working overtime.
Another employment issue arises when you are ineligible to overtime pay but have suddenly become eligible, maybe because of an elevation in employment status. Your employer may not pay you your rightfully deserved extra pay because you are misclassified. But this is on the management, and recovering unpaid overtime is possible.
Employers will really do everything they can to prevent extra operation costs from overtime pays and maximize productivity. This ensures that they are bringing more money in and less money out. They may try operations and management tricks to get around overtime payments.
These employers may give their workers off-the-clock tasks. They may call for meetings, ask employees to clean safety equipment, or worse, they may even assign paper works to be done at home. Since these tasks can technically be out of working hours, the employers are basically getting free work from their employees. Even simple tasks, such as traveling into job sites with no computed pay, can serve as loopholes that employers can exploit.
There are more blatant techniques to avoid paying for overtime. Employers may require overtime to be approved before they make it official. This becomes a problem when no manager or supervisor is there to approve the overtime, yet the overtime is necessary because of deadlines and productivity issues.
The key to fight unpaid overtime is knowing your rights and being aware of the techniques that employers can do to get work from you without you getting paid, such as those mentioned above.