Overtime pay is provided to employees who work more than 40 hours in one week. In general, overtime pay is granted as 1.5 times a worker’s standard wages. Sometimes, workers are required to work additional hours outside of their normal schedule. Working on nights and weekends is a normal part of many roles, while other workers may only work nights and weekends under certain circumstances. Employees who are required to work on nights and weekends often wonder if they are entitled to overtime pay when they work these off hours. The answer depends on how many hours you have worked during the week, and the policies of the company you work for.
Overtime Laws in Tennessee
The overtime laws in Tennessee mirror federal overtime laws. For any hours worked over 40 hours in one week, you are entitled to 1.5 times your typical wage rate. So, if you are normally paid $10 per hour and you work 45 hours in one week, you would get paid $15 per hour for the five hours of overtime you worked. Your total wages for that week would be $475 before taxes.
When You May Be Entitled to Overtime Pay for Working Nights and Weekends
You are entitled to overtime pay for any overs over 40 hours in a week that you work. If you work on nights and weekends and that time equates to over 40 hours in a work week, you can receive overtime pay for working nights and weekends.
If you work nights and weekends and your total work hours for the week do not exceed 40 hours, you are not legally entitled to overtime pay. However, you may be entitled to overtime pay for the nights and hours you worked if your employer has a policy that provides overtime pay for off hours.
What to Do if You Have Not Been Fairly Compensated for Overtime Work
If you have worked overtime and were not paid 1.5 times your wages for those hours, you may have an employment law claim. We are available to discuss the details of your wage and hour violation case. The attorneys of Donati Law, PLLC have extensive experience in these types of claims and can help you recover the compensation you deserve.
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