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What should health care workers know about overtime pay?

On Behalf of | Oct 14, 2021 | Class Actions, Wage & Hour Litigation

Workers in the health care industry have very difficult jobs since they care for patients who may have very complex medical needs. Unfortunately, this is also an industry that’s often riddled with worker shortages. 

There are several things that individuals who work in the health care industry must know about their work hours and the potential application of overtime. The Fair Labor Standards Act doesn’t limit worker hours for those over 15 years old, but it provides standards for specific hourly employees. One of these points is that employers must pay overtime at a rate of 1.5 times the worker’s normal hourly rate.

40-hour workweek

The standard 40-hour workweek means that anything worked over those 40 hours in a single standard week is paid the overtime rate. A workweek is seven consecutive days that always start on the same day of the week.

8 and 80 system

The 8 and 80 overtime payment system means that workers receive overtime if they work more than 8 hours in a single shift or work more than 80 hours in a 14-day period. The 14-day period must be regularly occurring and standardized. An employer and employee must mutually agree to use this system before any work commences.

Any healthcare worker who thinks they haven’t received the overtime pay they’re due should take more time to learn about the labor laws that apply to them. There isn’t any reason for any worker in this industry to receive less than they’re rightfully due. Swift action in these cases is imperative, so don’t wait to review the matter or act.

Do I have to pay attorney’s fees?

No. Edelson Lechtzin LLP handles wage and hour claims on a contingent fee basis. This means that the lawyers don’t get paid fees unless they obtain a recovery for you.

If you would like to discuss a potential overtime case, please contact us at 844-696-7492 (toll-free) or email us at [email protected]. You can also fill out the form on this page.