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The proper classification of employees is critical

On Behalf of | Jan 16, 2024 | Employment Law

One of the most important responsibilities of employers is to adhere to employment laws and treat their employees respectfully. The specific things that employers should do depends largely on the type of company they have, the nature of their operations and the role of the employees. A critical aspect of this is the proper classification of employees as this will determine how employees are paid and how they will be compensated for their work.

Employees are considered either exempt or non-exempt. This is an important distinction, and improper classification could lead to issues with pay, violations of employee rights and other issues. If you are an employee, it is within your rights to know exactly how your employer has classified you and if it is correct. This will help you understand your rights and know how to shield your interests.

The difference between exempt and non-exempt

Employee classification can be confusing, and it is not always clear cut how an individual should be classified. These are categories of employees determined by job responsibilities and the specific role held by the individual, and it can affect compensation, benefits, breaks during work hours and more. If an employee is exempt, this means he or she is not eligible for overtime pay. These employees are those who are in leadership positions, have administrative jobs, earn salaries or are executives within the company.

Non-exempt employees are those who are entitled to overtime pay when they work more than 8 hours per day. These individuals are typically those who are paid on an hourly basis, and they are also typically entitled to regular breaks and other benefits. If you are not properly classified, you may not receive the benefits to which you are entitled. It is important that you know what how you should be classified on the basis of your job role.

What if your rights are violated?

If you experience a violation of your rights, you do not have to navigate the implications of this alone. You will benefit from seeking professional assistance regarding the legal steps that may be available to you. An assessment of your situation can provide you with insight regarding how you can move forward, hold responsible parties accountable and seek a beneficial outcome to your employment law concerns.