Are Plumbers Entitled to Overtime Pay?
Unless the plumber is not an employee, they must be compensated with overtime pay for hours worked beyond 40 hours in a workweek. Employers must provide non-exempt employees with overtime pay, regardless of whether they are paid by the hour or by a flat rate (piece rate, flag rate, or commission). Flat rate overtime is based on the regular rate of pay. This is calculated by dividing the total amount of compensation by the number of hours worked in a week.
Overtime premiums must also be paid on top of the regular rate of pay. This means that the if the worker was entitled to time and a half for 5 hours of overtime work, then their overtime would be one half the regular rate of pay multiplied by 5. The same goes for when the employee should be paid double time, they get paid a premium at the full regular rate for every double time hours worked.
If your employer owes you overtime pay, you have the right to sue your employer to recover damages and penalties for their violation of California and Federal law. These damages often include all wages and benefits that have been illegally withheld from the employee, which can easily reach thousands of dollars per employee. In addition, employers can be forced to pay attorney’s fees and the costs of the lawsuit.
If you are a plumber whose overtime is being calculated incorrectly, you could be missing out on thousands of dollars each year. We have represented hundreds of employees in overtime pay and other wage disputes against their employers, and will make sure that your voice is heard and that your rights are protected. If we accept your case, you will not be charged a retainer and there will be no attorney fee unless we recover money on your behalf. To learn more, call the attorneys at Baker Law Group, LLP today at (858) 452-0093 to schedule a free consultation.
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