Is My Employer Required to Pay Me Double Time on Weekends and Holidays?

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If you work in a certain profession that requires you to work long hours outside of the typical nine-to-five office environment, chances are you work weekends and holidays, and sometimes in the middle of the night.

One question that the Houston overtime lawyers at Kennedy Hodges are often asked is, "Isn't my employer required to pay me double time for working on a holiday or weekend?"

You may have heard of certain jobs - most commonly those in the healthcare field - that pay double time or even double time and a half to the workers who opt to work on holidays like Christmas and Thanksgiving. Since many of those employees are already working more than 40 hours per week by the time the holiday rolls around, the employer is paying a much higher hourly rate.

While it is fortunate for those who have landed a position in a company who pays so well, the truth for the rest of us is that companies are not required by law to pay more than time and a half for overtime pay.

The only time that a company is required to pay more than time and a half is if the pay stipulation is written into the employment agreement or contract between employer and employee.

Under the Fair Labor Standards Act, employers must pay overtime unless an employee is ineligible due to an exemption. The exemptions that employers most commonly use are the Administrative or Professional exemptions, due to their supervisory roles and tasks being directly linked to the operation of the company. But it is important that anyone deemed exempt from FLSA by their employers talk to an attorney to ensure fair compensation, as many employees across the country are wrongly classified and therefore missing out on earned overtime.

Not sure if you are being properly classified under the Fair Labor Standards Act? Contact the lawyers who literally wrote the book on wage claims in Texas. Order your free copy of Kennedy Hodges' book, The Ten Biggest Mistakes that Can Hurt Your Wage and Overtime Claim by calling 888.449.2068. Or fill out our online form to schedule your free case evaluation today.

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