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Paying Overtime 27 Jun 2005 13:49 #24884

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Are theatres exempt from paying hourly employees overtime pay???? My prior theatre employer claimed he was exempt from paying overtime after 40 hours. However, my current employer states that his accountant can find this special exemption on the books. I'm not complaining, but if my former theatre company violated any labor laws, we will be owed back pay. Anyone know of such an exemption, or where to find it????
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Re: Paying Overtime 27 Jun 2005 14:17 #24885

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You should contact the Labour Standards Board in your state. They should be able to provide specific information about any exemptions that business may have. I don't think there are many exceptions to the overtime laws, so my guess is that your old employer owes you money, so you should definitely look into it.

As an example of some business that I know of that are exempt - I live in a remote region of Northern Saskatchewan and the labour force is limited, so the government has given certain businesses exemptions b/c they are not able to find additional skilled labourers to work. For instance, a restaurant is open for more than 8 hours in a day, but they can't find another cook. I'm thinking that these situations are not comparable -- go get your money!
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Re: Paying Overtime 28 Jun 2005 05:20 #24886

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According to the information at this link:

http://www.tennesseeemploymentlawcenter.com/flsa.html

the Fair Labor Standards Act specifically lists movie theatre employees as a class of workers that is exempt from federal overtime pay regulations.

There's also information on this subject at:

http://www.overtimepaylaw.us/
and
http://www.overtimepaylaw.us/chapter_4.html

and the Department of Labor itself, at:

http://www.dol.gov/esa/whd/flsa/

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Re: Paying Overtime 20 Jul 2005 10:28 #24887

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Most places, by simply classifying you as management exempts you from all sorts of things.

At my last theatre, we never paid overtime. I was of the position if you want to work the extra hours fine, if you complain about it or it gets to be to demanding, then I would hire someone else. Most of the time my employees wanted the extra hours.
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Re: Paying Overtime 20 Jul 2005 12:48 #24888

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Someone correct me if my understanding is wrong. I thought the tendency of the chains to call everyone over the level of popcorn jockey a "manager" was to get around union grumbles about who works in the projection rooms. They couldn't do much about a "manager-operator".

Is it more than that??
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