How should I set up my workweek in order to properly track my OT?

Does your pay seem small considering the extra time and work you put in at the oil fields? Do you feel as if the more overtime you work, the less you’re getting paid? Your employer may be intentionally withholding or miscalculating your rightful OT pay in direct violation of FLSA rules. Although you should be able to trust your employer to pay you fairly, many industries will do whatever it takes to increase their profits—including stealing from their employees.

Make sure you’re getting paid for the time you give by making sure21 m,j52n.-310p[ you track your schedule to the “T.”

Not sure where to start? No problem.

Tracking Your Hours to Ensure Proper Pay

According to statistics taken from the United States Department of Labor (DOL), investigations into the Texas oil industry’s disregard for The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), has initiated over one billion dollars in overtime back pay for oil workers over the past two years. The DOL’s Wage and Hour Division is continuing its investigation into the oil industry across the nation, but considering its findings so far, don’t you think you should keep track of your hours, just to make sure you’re getting what you’re truly owed?

To help you clearly track your normal hours, as well as your OT hours, it is suggested that you create your own hardcopy of your schedule, and update it daily with your start and end times as well as yo+960ur extra hours. Follow the instructions below to create your own trackable schedule:  

  • Make a grid schedule and label the columns with the days of the week, starting with the beginning of the pay week.
  • Label rows for potential start times, your actual shift times, and a row for potential end times.
  • The final two rows should be dedicated to your total daily work hours and your total overtime hours.

Once you have the grid set up, you can then manually enter and keep track of all of your regular hours per week, as well as any and all overtime you accumulate.

A tracking example for an overnight schedule (11:00 p.m. – 8:00 a.m. including an hour lunch) with Wednesdays and Saturdays off would look something like this:

When Your Numbers Don’t Match Up

As long as you accurately calculate the math—which should be significantly easier if you don’t have an overnight shift—you’ll be able to easily tell how many overtime hours you work each week. This schedule shows 40 hours regular hours and 21 OT.

Personally tracking your hours is a good practice to get into in order to check your pay. However, what happens when your numbers don’t equal the numbers on your check? Should you just let it go, and assume that your math was wrong? Of course not! You worked for that money, you deserve your pay. If your employer is withholding overtime pay, or you feel that he is misrepresenting your OT hours, contact us today for a free consultation. The FLSA entitles you to fair and accurate overtime wages, don’t allow a miscalculation (accidental or otherwise) to keep you from getting your hard earned money.

Our extensive knowledge and experience with overtime law can help you understand your rights and make your OT count. Call us today to make your employer pay.

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Galvin B. Kennedy
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Galvin Kennedy is a founding partner of Kennedy Hodges. He focuses his practice to overtime and wage claims.