You lead a team. You focus on creating superior customer experiences. You preform administrative tasks. You multi-task. You do all of this because you know it will look great on a resume, which will help you move into higher level positions down the road.
As a hard-working professional with career aspirations, you do what’s asked of you. You put in the time and energy, and sometimes, that means working more than expected. New York is home to a highly competitive market. Many manager’s, in an attempt to cut corners, either don’t have the time to review employment law or they hope you don’t.
New York labor laws require paid overtime for employees at the rate of 1 ½ times the employee’s regular rate of pay for all hours worked over 40 hours in a workweek, unless exempt. Regardless of your classification, if you are working overtime and not receiving compensation, it would be wise to seek council from an experienced employment law expert. Too many savings seeking employers improperly classify their employees for financial gain.
Spread of Hours Law
In New York, employees making minimum wage who work more than 10 hours in one day are entitled to an additional hour’s pay at their standard wage for that day. If you’re one of the more than 2.1 million New Yorker’s earning minimum wage, it’s likely that you qualify for the Spread of Hours benefit.
While doing as instructed by your managers is almost always the right thing to do, there are times when you need to take a stand and fight for yourself. Letting your employers cost-savings measures come from your paycheck will not get you where you want to go.