Alternative Workweek Schedules And Unpaid Overtime

An alternative workweek schedule is a schedule that differs from the standard eight-hour workday, five days a week. For example, a worker may instead be scheduled for a 10-hour workday, four days a week. While these types of schedules can be of great benefit to those who need additional time off, they are sometimes used by employers to get around the law governing overtime pay. In addition, there are specific steps that must be taken before an alternative workweek schedule can be legally implemented.

At The Law Offices of Scott A. Miller, APC, our attorneys help protect the rights of employees in Los Angeles County and throughout California. We have a long history of success gaining settlements for workers, especially in class action lawsuits. If you believe your employer is illegally taking advantage of alternative workweek scheduling, call us at 800-417-2008.

How Might Employers Violate Alternative Workweek Schedules?

Employers benefit from alternative workweek scheduling because it enables them to provide their employees with the flexibility they desire without subjecting themselves to having to pay overtime. However, there are a number of things that an employer must do before implementing an alternative workweek schedule, including holding a secret ballot election where at least two-thirds of employees must approve the plan for alternative workweek scheduling.

Once an alternative workweek schedule has been approved, the employer is required to abide by the schedule or pay overtime if changes are made to the schedule. For example, if an employee is scheduled to work 10 hours in a day, but is sent home after only working nine hours, then he or she is entitled to overtime for one hour because the entire scheduled shift was not worked. Other instances that may require paid overtime include scheduling an employee for a shift on a day that he or she is normally not scheduled to work. Our lawyers can let you know whether you have a strong claim against your employer.

Contact Us For Help With Wage And Hour Claims

If your employer is violating the law governing alternative workweek scheduling, you may be entitled to back pay, unpaid overtime and other damages. To learn more, call 800-417-2008 or contact us online to schedule an initial consultation with our attorneys.

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