Our Experienced Attorneys Answer Overtime Questions From Service and Repair Technicians

Have questions about your legal matter and are afraid to ask? If so, head on over to our FAQ section in which we tackle a variety of important topics that matter to you. Find answers to questions regarding car accidents, medical malpractice, unpaid overtime, and a variety of other legal subjects that may be affecting you. 
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  • I am a cable installer working for a cable contractor but my employer says I am exempt from overtime pay. Is this true?

    Cable contractors are notorious for overtime and labor law violations. Cable contractors in Texas, Florida, New York, Illinois and California are all under investigation for illegal pay practices. We have filed wage and hour lawsuits against several cable contractor companies, including:
    • Bucaneer Communications, Inc.
    • Integrated Electronic Technologies

    Other cable companies with pay investigations:

    • Direct TV cable subcontractors
    • Baker, a contractor for Time Warner
    • ACI in Columbus, a contractor for Time Warner

    If you are a cable installer or work for a cable contractor call us at 888-449-2068 or send us a confidential contact form to start your free case review with our experienced labor attorneys today.

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  • I am a plumber who is paid a straight hourly wage of $15 per hour, but I also receive a commission of 10% of every time I go out to a job. When I work overtime, my paychecks don't add up. How is my overtime supposed to be calculated?

    The Texas fair overtime lawyers at our office handle this issue on a regular basis. In fact, we have helped many employees - who work on commission but were unfairly paid their overtime - receive the back wages to which they were entitled.

    Calculating overtime for commissioned employees starts with determining the regular rate of pay. The regular rate of pay should be determined by taking the normal hourly wage, adding in any commissions or bonuses earned during the week, and dividing that number by 40 hours.

    The overtime rate should be one and a half times the calculated regular rate of pay mentioned above.

    The most common problem for many commissioned employees - including plumbers - occurs when the employer calculates overtime as one and a half times the normal hourly rate. They fail to add the additional commissioned earnings into the calculation, which results in hundreds or even thousands of dollars missing on paychecks over the course of a year.

    Let's take a look at how your overtime should be calculated, assuming you have an hourly rate of $15/hour, went out on ten $100 jobs in one week, and worked 43 hours.

    Correct:
    $15 x 40 = $600 straight pay
    10 jobs x $100 each x 10% = $100 commission
    $600 + $100 = $700
    $700 / 40 hours = $17.50 regular rate of pay
    1.5 x $17.50 = $26.25
    $26.25 x 3 hours of overtime = $78.75
    Total pay for week: $600 + $100 + $78.75 = $778.75

    Incorrect:
    1.5 x $15 = $22.50
    $22.50 x 3 hours of overtime = $67.50
    Total pay for week: $600 + $100 + $67.50 = $767.50

    While the difference between the correct and incorrect ways of calculating overtime is only $11.25, and may not seem like that much money, it adds up to $585 of unpaid overtime wages over the course of a year.

    To learn more ways to protect your paycheck, contact Kennedy Hodges for your free copy of The Ten Biggest Mistakes That Can Hurt Your Wage and Overtime Claim by calling 888.449.2068. You can also fill out our online form to schedule your complimentary case evaluation. Protect your paycheck and call today.

  • Should I be paid overtime as a pest control technician?

    Pest control technicians are usually considered to be hourly, non-exempt employees under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

    Technicians may be paid on an hourly and a commission basis and if the majority of your job duties include non-managerial work and other non-sales related work then yes - you are generally eligible to receive overtime pay. Overtime is paid at a premium of 1.5 times your regular pay rate for every hour over 40 worked in a work week.

    If you do not receive overtime pay as a pest control technician then you need to determine if you are a non-exempt employee. Our employment lawyers generally find that employers often fail to properly compensate workers with their federally-mandated overtime pay.

    Pest control technicians have successfully brought wage and hour claims to court because they proved that more than half of their time was spent performing inspections or other non-sales related job duties.

    Learn how to recover your overtime pay as a pest control technician

    A free review of your job duties is generally all that is needed to determine your exemption status under the law. Contact our employment lawyers at 1-888-449-2068 to start a free case review today. Our firm has represented many workers in FLSA cases nationwide, including workers in national collective-action cases.

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  • Should I be paid overtime as a home alarm technician if I work more than 40 hours a week?

    If you work as an alarm technician and put in more than forty hours in a workweek, you should make sure you are paid overtime pay for every hour over 40. If an alarm company does not pay you overtime you are likely a victim of wage theft.

    Wage theft occurs frequently in the service installation industry and it can take many forms, including:
    • Working more than 40 hours in a workweek, but not receiving overtime pay,
    • Pay violations using the Fluctuating work week pay method,
    • An employer shaving hours off your time sheet,
    • Not being paid for working off-the-clock,
    • Not being paid for working through lunch, or automatic lunch deductions even if you didn’t take a lunch,
    • Being misclassified as an independent contractor.
    If you are an alarm installation technician and you beli8eve you have been a victim of wage theft you have rights to recover your back pay. Under the wage and hour laws employees can recover up to two (and sometimes) three years of back pay from an employer who is found violating wage and labor laws.

    Many employers save a lot of money (and rob you of your pay) by violating the wage laws.
    If you would like more information on recovering your back wages, or if you are unsure if you have a wage claim contact our employment lawyers at 1-888-449-2068 to start a free, no obligation case review today. Our office works on a contingency fee basis, which means unless we obtain a successful recovery in your case you do not owe us anything.

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