Can an employer mandate 50 hour week to a salaried employee and not pay overtime?

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Can an employer mandate 50 hour week to a salaried employee and not pay overtime?

I was told I needed to work 50 hours minimum but only received 40 hours pay.

Asked on October 10, 2016 under Employment Labor Law, Maryland

Answers:

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

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

It depends. Typically if a salaried worker is a professional (i.e. doctor, lawyer, etc.) or a is a manager, they can be made to work as many hours as their employer deems fit to schedule them and without overtime pay. In other words, they are "exempt" from OT labor laws. However, under a new rule to take effect in 6 weeks, anybody making a salary of less than $47,476 ($913 a week) will automatically qualify for overtime pay when they work more than 40 hours a week. So whether or not you are entitled to OT depends on just how much your salary is.


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