Overtime and Minimum Wages


The general rule is that Overtime is owed to all employees, at 1.5 times their regular pay rate, for all hours actually worked over 40 in any given workweek.


Also, employees must be paid at least minimum wage for all hours worked each workweek.  


However, some categories of employees are "exempt," and are not entitled to overtime and / or minimum wage pay.  In case of dispute over whether or not an employee is exempt, it is the employer who bears the burden of proving that an exemption clearly applies.


Under Federal law, an employee who is not paid overtime pay or minimum wage, may be entitled to an additional amount as further compensation, equal to the amount of unpaid overtime or minimum wage.


Under Oregon law, an additional penalty of 30 working days' pay may also be owed, as well as attorney fees. 

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