Practice Areas > Overtime
Maryland and federal laws require that employers pay a premium (time and a half) to employees who work more than forty hours in a week. The overtime laws apply to nearly every Maryland employer. The laws exclude a narrow class of white collar employees from receiving overtime. The public's perception of who is exempt from receiving overtime often does not match the legal definition. More and more employees are discovering that just because their employers deem them to be exempt does not mean they are actually exempt under the law. Employers and employees should consult with an experienced lawyer before concluding whether a job classification is exempt.

The penalties for failing to pay overtime can be severe. The Federal Labor Standards Act ("FLSA") provides that an employee can recover the actual overtime owed, and equal amount in liquidated damages, and reasonable attorney's fees.

For additional information, see Frequently Asked Questions about Overtime in Maryland.
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