Know what to do about unpaid overtime

On Behalf of | Mar 3, 2020 | wage and hour claims | 0 comments

When people work overtime, they usually expect to receive their wages for these hours. Sometimes, though, a company may not pay overtime. In this situation, it is important for people to take action so they can receive wages for the hours they worked. 

Many people may expect to receive overtime pay on their next paycheck. The U.S. Department of Labor says that companies may not have to pay overtime wages on the next paycheck. This is because under the Fair Labor Standards Act, companies can pay overtime after a person works more than 40 hours in a week. If a person worked overtime but did not work more than 40 hours, he or she may not receive these wages in their check. People may want to speak with someone from their payroll department so they know when to expect overtime wages. 

When people realize they have not received their overtime pay, they may wonder what they should do first. According to, it is a good idea for people to figure out how much their employer owes them in overtime. People may want to add up the number of overtime hours they worked so they can go to their employer with an exact figure. If people have timesheets or pay stubs, it is a good idea to collect these as well. 

It is important for people to remember that the FLSA differentiates between exempt and nonexempt employees. Exempt employees generally do not receive overtime. A person’s salary and job duties usually determine whether he or she has exempt status. Before people speak to their employer, it is a good idea for them to make sure they are nonexempt employees. Once people know they meet the requirements, they should usually speak to someone in their human resources department. This gives the company an opportunity to fix the situation. Sometimes oversight may have resulted in a person’s unpaid wages. Once the company knows about the situation, they may make sure people receive their unpaid wages.