What is Overtime?
Under both federal and Massachusetts law, most employers are required to pay a premium rate (1.5 times the regular rate of pay) for hours worked over 40 in a single week for all employees who are not considered exempt.
The most common misunderstanding about overtime law is the idea that anyone who is paid on a salary does not need to be paid overtime. The truth is it is more complex than that. Being paid on a salary basis is one of the requirements for being exempt from overtime, but the person must also perform duties that the law considers exempt, for example, as a bona fide manager or professional, among others.
The stakes can be high if you get this wrong- an employee who regularly works over 40 hours a week and is not paid time and a half can bring a legal claim and recover multiple times the back pay, plus their attorneys' fees and costs.
Learn more here about overtime law in Massachusetts.
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