Not all Florida employers pay overtime when they are required to by the Fair Labor Standards Act. This can lead to extraordinary costs for the business.
We've previously discussed in this Broward County Employment Law Blog whether unpaid internship programs are legal here in South Florida. Unpaid internships are legal, as long as they comply with the U.S. Department of Labor's rules.
There is little that is more frustrating to employees than putting in your hours at work and not being properly paid. More and more South Florida residents may be feeling this aggravation as wage and overtime violations are apparently spiking across the country.
Thousands of Wal-Mart employees across the country will soon be paid back wages for overtime work. Wal-Mart, which of course has several stores in South Florida, was investigated by the U.S. Department of Labor in 2007, who found that the company violated the Fair Labor Standards Act's overtime provisions.
The U.S. Supreme Court may soon decide a groundbreaking employment law case revolving around whether sales people working in the field have the right to overtime pay. The court is considering the appeal filed by two former sales representatives of GlaxoSmithKline. The two had earlier filed a class action lawsuit to argue that the company owes them overtime pay for up to 20 hours of overtime that the men worked each week.
South Florida employees are provided wage and overtime rights are under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act. This federal law requires employers to pay overtime, equal to the rate of one and one-half times regular hourly pay, to employees for each hour worked in excess of 40 hours.