WEEK 6 INDIVIDUAL ASSIGNMENT 1 – BUSINESS LAW
Graded Activity: Individual Work 1 (20 points)
Instructional Objectives for this activity:
Summarize employment, labor, and anti-discrimination law.
You are an employee at a nice paper mill and want to impress the boss by burning the midnight oil (but not too close to the wood pulp). For four consecutive weeks, you work forty-five, forty-two, thirty-nine, and thirty-one hours.
If you are a nonexempt employee covered by the Fair Labor Standards Act, how many hours of overtime pay, if any, would you be entitled to? What would be the rate?
The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) of 1938 regulates child labor maximum hours, the federal minimum wage, and overtime provisions. According to the FLSA, any employee who works more than forty hours per week must be paid overtime pay at a rate of 1.5 times their regular pay unless their job is categorized as exempt. Exempt employees are defined as those whose jobs are executive, administrative, professional, as well as outside salespersons, and computer employees. Non exempt employees are defined as manual laborers and other blue-collar workers who perform tasks involving repetitive operations with their hands, such as factory workers.
Based on this law, as a nonexempt employee I would be entitled to overtime for any week in which I worked over forty hours. Therefore, for the above mentioned scenario, I would be entitled to overtime during the first and second week but not the third and fourth week. I would be entitled to a 5 hours of overtime pay for the first week and 2 hours of overtime pay for the second week. For a total of seven hours to be paid at a rate of 1.5 times my regular pay. This overtime would be in addition to my regular pay each week.