As a salary employee is there a limit to the amount of hours I can work before I am eligible for some sort of compensation?

As a police lieutenant my position is considered a “salary” position. I am paid for 160 hours a month but my base schedule is 168 hours. Can they do this without providing some sort of compensation? So far this year I have worked 823 hours that I have not been compensated for.

Asked on December 8, 2011 under Employment Labor Law, Georgia

Answers:

MD, Member, California Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

Here is the problem. In some levels of police service, by collective bargaining agreements or union contracts, you are entitled to overtime for special services or overtime hours worked. This is true for police detail like in traffic or construction. As in many situations, if you are above a certain pay grade or if you are considered an exempt employee, part of your agreement for getting straight salary is you may be working more than a 40 hour work week or what your base work week is. This is not new. You need to check with the Human Resources division that oversees municipal contracts and review your matter with them discreetly. Do not give your identity but explain your question in full. Then contact the department of labor in your state, who can tell you if a) it oversees your type of wage hour dispute and b) if it has precedent cases to show you you either cannot collect additional monies or if you are entitled to additional monies.


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