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Do You Know Why You Are Exempt?

Do you know why you are exempt?

As an employee, there are probably many things you think about when it comes to your employer. You may wonder whether your supervisor will approve your requested time off. And you might try your best to exceed their expectations or increase your chances of advancing within the company.
You might agree that you should not have to question whether your boss is treating you fairly.

Although in some circumstances, they may not be acting within the confines of established employment laws.

Why would you want to think about your employment status?

If you know the company you work for is struggling with sales or is laying people off, you might worry
about your job security. But when you trust that your employment will continue for the foreseeable
future, you may not consider much more than your regular paycheck.

Unfortunately, your employer could potentially treat you unfairly without you realizing it. According to the Fair Labor Standards Act, the majority of employees within the United States should receive at least the federal minimum wage for all their hours worked. They should also receive overtime pay for any work completed in excess of 40 hours during a workweek. However, certain employees may be exempt from these requirements. To determine whether you might qualify for an administrative exemption, ask yourself whether the following apply to your circumstances:

  • Are you paid a salary equivalent to at least $455 per week?
  • Is office work related to the general operations of the business your primary duty?
  • Do you have the ability to exercise your best judgment in significant matters?

If you answer “yes” to each of the above questions, your employer may not have to provide you with
overtime pay. However, if your employer is not providing adequate compensation, you may want to
assert your right to earn what you deserve.

Do you have more questions?

If you have questions about your employment status, contact an employment lawyer who focuses on
these issues.

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