Nassau County Overtime Pay
Nassau County has a vibrant economy. The County was ranked number two, behind only New York County, in terms of retail sales in recent years. The top employers in Nassau County are in the health care, industrial equipment, and cable industries. Many of the employees in these fields are entitled to overtime pay under New York and federal law.
New York law states that eligible employees who work more than 40 hours in a seven-day workweek are entitled to overtime pay. This means that, for every hour in excess of 40, an employee is entitled to an hourly rate of 1.5 times his normal hourly rate.
Most employers are aware of their obligation to pay employees overtime wages. Employers who do not bother to understand or abide by the law may be liable to their employees for back overtime wages and other damages. The Nassau County overtime pay attorneys at Phillips & Associates can help you understand your overtime rights and seek compensation if your employer has not paid you overtime wages to which you are entitled.All Eligible Employees Must Be Paid Overtime
The major law that requires the pay of overtime in New York is the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The FLSA contains the provisions that mandate time-and-a-half pay for working more than 40 hours. The FLSA also identifies which types of workers are eligible for overtime pay.
All workers are eligible for overtime pay unless they are exempt from coverage under the FLSA. Thus, a worker who can earn overtime pay is called a nonexempt employee. The primary duties of the job are the sole determining factor for whether an employee is nonexempt. If a worker’s primary job duty is listed as exempt in the FLSA, the employee is exempt and not legally entitled to overtime pay.
Some of the categories of exempt workers are:
- Professionals, including teachers
- Administrative workers
- Computer professionals
- Some sales people
Although these are a few of the major categories, the law lists several others. Ask a knowledgeable attorney if you are unsure whether you are an exempt employee.Workers Owed Overtime Can Collect Back Wages
An employee owed back overtime pay is entitled to collect the pay from his or her employer. If you believe you have earned overtime wages that you have not been paid, contact a lawyer right away because FLSA overtime claims are subject to a two-year limitation. This means that an employee can seek compensation for pay that is up to, but no more, than two years old.
In addition to back pay, employees can also seek liquidated damages, which is a legal term that means a predetermined amount of money. In FLSA claims, liquidated damages are equal to the amount of back pay. Therefore, employees can win up to twice the amount of back pay owed, plus attorneys’ fees and costs.Trust Experienced Attorneys to Seek Your Back Pay
If your employer has not paid you the wages you have worked to earn, you may be entitled to seek payment of them as well as additional damages. A knowledgeable Nassau County employment law attorney can help you determine whether you are owed overtime wages from your employer and guide you through the process of pursuing them. Phillips & Associates has significant experience helping Nassau residents protect their rights. To schedule a free consultation, call (212) 248-7431 or fill out our contact form online.