Overtime pay is a critical aspect of wage and hour laws that ensure fair compensation for work performed beyond the standard workweek. In Idaho, as in many other states, the rules governing overtime pay are largely based on the federal Fair Labor Standards Act.
Understanding these rules can help ensure that employees receive the wages they deserve for their labor.
Understanding overtime requirements
According to the FLSA, employers must pay their employees a minimum of one and a half times their regular pay rate for any hours worked beyond 40 in a single workweek. This holds true for most employees in Idaho, given that the state does not have its own overtime laws and thus follows federal standards.
For example, if an employee who makes $20 per hour works 45 hours in a week, the employer owes the employee $30 per hour for the five hours of overtime work.
Exceptions to overtime rules
However, not all employees are eligible for overtime pay. The FLSA exempts certain types of employees from its overtime requirements. These “exempt” employees generally include professionals, administrators, executives, outside salespeople and certain computer employees who meet specific salary and duties tests.
By familiarizing themselves with these regulations, employees can protect their rights to receive appropriate overtime pay for their valuable contributions beyond the standard workweek. If employees believe that they are not receiving a fair wage, they should immediately speak to their employer. If their employer fails to follow the rules set but the FLSA, the employee can consider seeking compensation.