|Jan. 6, 2014 | www.fisherphillips.com|
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, almost 60% of American workers are paid an hourly wage. Many of these workers are employed by companies who offer little in the way of paid time off such as sick time, vacation time, or family leave. While most workers in the United States are protected by various laws which guarantee unpaid time off in certain circumstances, relatively few are entitled to paid time off unless the employer simply chooses to make paid time off available.
While laws requiring paid time off are few and far between, the Federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) at least guarantees hourly-paid workers overtime pay when they work over 40 hours in a work week. The FLSA generally requires the overtime hours to be paid at time-and-a-half the employee’s “regular rate” of pay. Thus, extensive overtime work often significantly supplements an employee’s take-home pay. Of course, those long hours mean less time away from work. While all workers, hourly paid or salary paid, typically appreciate an opportunity for a larger paycheck, some workers actually might prefer time off above additional pay.