Overtime Calculator Unveiled by Department of Labor

The Department of Labor rolled out an Overtime Calculator on its website this week. The calculator is designed to help employers and workers understand and calculate overtime pay under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Warning for all California employers: the calculator does not explain an employer’s obligations under California’s more strict employment laws, such as calculate the overtime due for all work beyond eight hours a day. This basically makes the calculator useless for anyone employing workers or working in California.

While I have not had much time to dig into the calculator yet, my initial impression is that unless you have some background in wage and hour issues, and are very careful about the information you input in the calculator, it could be easy to miscalculate what is actually due in wages. However, if you are looking to educate yourself on FLSA wage issues, it is interesting to run different scenarios through.
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