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Overtime Pay Rulings in Wisconsin

Many employees continue to suffer unjust labor practices from unscrupulous employers, being denied of just treatment, fair wage or overtime pay. Federal laws, such as the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938, and state laws aimed at protecting the rights of all employees in the US have been enacted to ensure that workers receive what is their due. Despite such rulings, many illegal practices in the workplace prevail.

One major injustice committed against non-exempt employees, that is, employees qualified to render overtime and receive overtime pay, is denial of pay for hours of work rendered in excess of the 40-hour work week. Under the Fair Labor Standards Act overtime pay is equivalent to time and a half or 0.5 on top of an employee’s hourly rate. Professionals, administrators and executives with a weekly rate of $455 are, under the FLSA, exempt from overtime. A number of other workers exempt from overtime pay, include housekeepers, certain farm and agricultural workers, some transportation workers, independent contractors and external salespeople.

Most US states have wage and overtime pay laws that are the same with federal rulings. One such state is Wisconsin, where the laws are designed to stop employers from exploiting their employees. This includes employers who pay their workers after every couple of weeks, for even with a pay schedule such as this, employers will still need to observe the 40-hour (not 80-hour) work schedule stipulated by the Wisconsin Overtime Law or by the FLSA.

Employers in Wisconsin, though, have the right to schedule employees’ work schedules in any way they want. This means that they can choose to schedule an employee’s work in ways that will best benefit their business. These employers may even require mandatory overtime to make sure that all work, which need to be finished are completed. However, discovery of any form of violation committed by employers on such issue may be filed as a violation of Wisconsin or FLSA laws.