If I’m a salaried worker, can I receive overtime if I work over 40 hours a week?

I work 55-60 hours a week.

Asked on December 16, 2018 under Employment Labor Law, Maryland


M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 1 year ago | Contributor

If you are an exempt salaried employee, then your employer can schedule you to work as many hours as it chooses. That is unless doing so would violate the terms of a union agreement or employment contract. Additionally, since you are "exempted" from overtime laws, then you are not eligible for OT. The fact is that an employer can set the conditions of the workplace much as it sees fit (absent some form of legally actionable discriminaton). To be certain fo your exempt status, you can check on the DOL website: https://www.dol.gov/whd/overtime/fs17a_overview.pdf

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