Montana has an extensive set of employment laws protecting employers and employees, and some of those laws may differ from other places in the country.
According to the State of Montana’s Department of Labor and Industry, employees frequently question whether they can bank extra hours worked beyond 40 hours instead of receiving overtime pay for those hours.
Whether that’s a request from an employee, so they don’t have to work a full week the next week and still get paid the same, or whether it’s from an employer trying to save some money, the answer is no unless you meet one of the limited exceptions.
Montana law states that private employers who try this are likely violating the state’s Wage and House laws, which say employers must pay an overtime rate of 1.5 times the hourly wage for hours worked more than 40 hours.
Wage violations happen, and whether the employer intended to break the law might matter personally to you on an ethical level, but it doesn’t matter to the law. If you’ve experienced the loss of overtime pay in a questionable way, reach out to one of our experienced attorneys at Terrazas Henkel, PC.
Our team can answer questions and help you determine if your employment rights have been violated, and if so, we can help you understand the next steps you need to take.
Call our team of professionals at 406-541-2550 to set up an appointment.