Unpaid Time (Off-The-Clock Hours)
Has an employer asked you to put in a few hours “off the clock” or carry out your job without pay? Has your employer gone so far as to threaten termination of your employment if you do not put in these off-the-clock hours? In these situations, or anytime you put in more than 40 hours per week, there are legal protections in place to ensure that you are paid for
all the hours you work.
Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)
The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) requires that employees be compensated for all of the time they work. When those hours go beyond a typical 40-hour workweek, the FLSA also requires that nonexempt employees receive overtime wages that are at least 1½ times their typical hourly pay.
What To Do If You Are Required To Work Off The Clock
All too often, employers attempt to get free work from their employees. They may ask you to “just spend an hour or two finishing up” or to “have the project done by Monday, no matter how long it takes.” Off-the-clock work may be performed at the office or other place of business, or at home. The advent of portable digital technology, such as smartphones and laptops, makes it much easier for employees to perform work remotely, from home or another location. Employers are still required to pay their employees for all hours worked, regardless of where the work is performed.
If you are an hourly employee, your employer
must pay you for each hour worked. When this does not happen, you can assert your rights through the legal process and seek to recover the full compensation you are owed by your employer. As soon as possible, contact a lawyer who can guide you through all of the steps necessary to obtain this compensation.
I Am An Attentive Advocate Who Will Fight For You
At the Law Offices of Kell A. Simon, I have helped many clients throughout Texas recover unpaid compensation. I partner with my clients to create effective legal strategies that are custom-tailored to each individual’s goals.
My entire practice is focused on unpaid time matters and other employment law issues. I am so dedicated to this field that I have become certified as a labor and employment law specialist by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. When you need an experienced attorney who will give you the personal service and powerful legal representation you deserve, I am here for you.