Columbus Comp Time Lawyer
Another common violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act’s (FLSA) requirements that employers pay all “non-exempt” employees overtime wages of time and a half (1.5) their regular hourly rate for all hours worked in excess of 40 per week is use of “comp time”, “compensatory time” or “flex time” policies instead of payment of proper overtime wages. As discussed on our Unpaid Overtime section, the FLSA and Ohio law require that employers pay all non-exempt employees time and a half. They cannot use “comp time” or “flex time” where they permit employees who have worked more than 40 hours in a week to get a credit for such overtime hours worked to take time off in a later week. While certain public employees can bank and use comp time, these policies are not allowed in the private sector for non-public employers or companies.
Sometimes, employers allow employees to record more than 40 hours per week on their timesheets, but then only allow them to leave early or take a day off at a later date instead of paying overtime wages. Other times, employers improperly instruct employees not to record more than 40 hours for a week even when they worked more, and have some other informal system in place to compensate the employees for their overtime hours worked. Although there are a variety of creative ways employers attempt to avoid the FLSA’s requirement to actually pay employees overtime wages of time and a half (1.5) their regular hourly rate, they are all improper if they do not result in the actual payment of overtime wages to all non-exempt employees for all hours worked over 40 per week.
If you believe you may have an unpaid overtime claim or that your employer may have an improper “comp time” or “flex time” or similar policy, contact our Columbus Comp Time Lawyers (FLSA) today to discuss your legal rights. You may have a valid overtime wages or comp time claim and speaking with an Ohio overtime attorney will ensure you know your rights.