While working outside regular work schedules without receiving any off-the-clock compensation is strictly prohibited under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), it still remains to be one of the most common violations most employers commit. With the growing number of unpaid overtime cases in Florida, off-the-clock compensation attorneys suddenly find a lot of work in their hands during the past few years.
Let's face it. A lot of employers tend to look the other way as their employees render unpaid overtime work. However, this unfair labor practice should not be tolerated in any way. If you ever find yourself in such situations, you need to take your case to one of the many qualified overtime attorneys in Miami to assert and protect your rights.
Compensable Time: Understanding Your Rights
According to the FLSA, a typical workday starts as the employee begins his principal activity and ends upon the completion of the last principal activity of the day. As such, compensable time includes on-call or standby time, lunch and break times, call back time, travel time, and the time spent doing preparatory and concluding activities. The time spent for meetings, lectures, and trainings are likewise considered as part of your compensable time.
How do you know if you have been working off-the-clock and are therefore eligible to receive off-the-clock compensation? Here are some of the most common employer violations that off-the-clock attorneys need you to be aware of:
- Allowing and/or requiring employees to render overtime work without paying for services rendered.
- Performing work-related tasks before clocking in and after clocking out for the day when such tasks should have been done within the actual work period.
- Automatically deducting a meal period even if it has not been used by the employee or has been taken with interruptions and restrictions.
- Deducting break times from an employee's work hours.
- Bringing work home after the workday has ended or performing work during weekends - without clocking in.
If you have any reason to believe that your rights have somehow been violated along these lines, you may need to choose one of the many overtime attorneys in Miami to claim what should have been rightfully yours in the first place.
Do you think your employer or previous employer owes you off-the-clock compensation? If so, you may want to call Remer, Georges-Pierre & Hoogerwoerd, PLLC at (305) 416-5000 or via the online request form for a free consultation.