When Overtime Feels Like Sudden Death

Law360, New York (October 1, 2013, 12:58 PM EDT) -- A client asked: “Since [our state] exempts [our industry] from the state wage-hour law, does that mean we don’t have to pay our people overtime?” That client was on the verge of violating the law. Although the client was correct about its state law, that state overtime law contained an exemption not present in the federal Fair Labor Standards Act.

Thirty-two states[1] and the District of Columbia have their own wage-hour laws, and some of them vary from the FLSA. Those variations can trap an unwary...
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