Some employees who work in the insurance industry may qualify for exemptions from the requirements of overtime pay established in the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).
However, in many cases, employees who are classified as exempt may not actually fit the requirements of the FLSA’s definition of exempt employees.
Unfortunately, this can lead to insurance agents being paid significantly less than they deserve for the work which they perform. While this can have significant effects on an insurance agent’s financial standing, there are options available for these workers to pursue the full and fair wages they have earned.
Overtime Exemptions for Insurance Agents
Insurance agents may only be exempted from the requirement of overtime pay if their job duties meet a number of specific criteria, which include:
- Employee must be paid on a salary or fee basis no less than $455 per week
- Employee must be engaged in work which directly relates to management policies or general business operations
- Employee must regularly exercise independent judgment or discretion as a component of their primary job duties
When an insurance agent does not meet these requirements but is not paid overtime for hours they work in excess of 40 per week, he or she should consider taking legal action to protect their employee rights.
How can Habush Help?
If your employer is not paying you overtime, we are here to help you regain your lost wages and bring your employer to justice.
Initially, it may be helpful to document instances of unfair pay. If your employer does this to other employees, you may additionally be able to gain testimony from them to strengthen your case.
Habush Habush & Rottier can advise you in how to gain evidence against your employer that will be valuable in court. At Habush Habush & Rottier, our lawyers believe in supporting employees who have been unfairly treated or wronged by their employers. Call Attorneys Jason Knutson or Breanne Snapp at 608-255-6663 to learn about how we can fight for your rights as an employee who hasn’t been paid their full wages.