Part of that list of rules and regulations includes the guidelines about overtime pay and wages as a city government official. Are city government officials covered under the Fair Labor Standards Act, even though it is overseen by the Federal government and not locally? Are city government officials entitled to overtime pay?
The Houston overtime attorneys at Kennedy Hodges know that in order to run the city of Houston, long, grueling hours must be put in - many times without the proper appreciation that civil servants deserve.
But it is important to remember that if you work for the local government, you are entitled to the same protection from the FLSA that covers other workers from across the country.
According to the Fair Labor Standards Act, the FLSA covers all employees of a State, a political subdivision of a State, or an interstate government agency, which would include local or state government.
This means that all city government officials and employees are entitled to:
- - The federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour
- - Overtime pay at one and a half times their hourly pay for their hours worked over 40
- - Employer compliance with Youth Employment Standards
- - Employer maintenance of proper record of the hours the employee works and when and how he or she was paid
Some of these instances include:
- - The employee takes the option of working occasionally or sporadically on a part-time basis, doing a different job than they usually perform, but within the same government agency
- - The employee works in mass transit and performs duties that are considered charter activities
- - The employee's position is seasonal. For example, they might work at a city pool that is not open year round.
- - The employee falls under the guidelines for exemption under the Executive, Administrative, Professional or Outside Sales Exemptions