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As revealed in yesterday's paper, the city's Tory group has dubbed the pounds 3m in overtime payments to the city's 340 workers in rubbish collecting and street cleaning teams "a scandal of epic proportions".
Labor laws have been designed to encourage employers to hire additional workers rather than engage current employees in overtime, since overtime is more expensive for employers than regular time.
The Manitoba Court of Appeal made three key findings in awarding Michalowski the overtime she claimed.
And as far as overtime being "built into" a wage, it doesn't work that way.
The new regulations made a lot of changes in rules, to make it easier for employers to determine who is and who is not exempt from overtime pay.
agreed to pay $135 million to settle a lawsuit alleging that it failed to pay overtime to 2,600 claims adjusters in California.
misclassified the adjusters as exempt employees when they were, in fact, nonexempt employees entitled to overtime compensation under California laws, he said.
In the EU in 2001, employees worked, on average, eight hours of overtime per week - this worked out at nine hours for males and seven hours for females.
The rules also allow employers to deny overtime to "highly compensated" employees who have minimal exempt responsibilities and earn $100,000 or more annually.
In its new regulations, the DOL clarified and simplified the tests for determining whether an employee meets a whitecollar exemption; raised the minimum salary requirement for exempt employees, allows employers to deny overtime to "highly compensated" employees who make at least $100,000 per year and have minimal exempt duties or responsibilities; allows employers to suspend an exempt employee for misconduct in one-day increments; provides a new "safe harbor" making it easier for employers to fix improper deductions from an exempt employee's pay; and loosens the educational requirements for employees to be classified as exempt professionals.
For example, under the proposed changes, most salaried managers and supervisors no longer will be entitled to overtime pay under the FLSA if their most significant responsibility involves the supervision of other employees.
If you have ever read the regs, it appears they could be interpreted so that no one who doesn't sign company checks (which includes most reporters) is exempt from overtime pay.