The term professional is defined by the Wisconsin State Legislature as someone whose work requires “knowledge of an advanced type in a field of science.” Professionals can perform their task through prolonged course of specialized intellectual study which is different from general academic instruction, apprenticeship, or training of routine practice. Professionals in the creative field, meanwhile, require inventiveness, creativity, and originality in their work.
To be classified as a professional in both scientific and artistic endeavors, workers have full discretion over their work, do not spend more than 20% of their working hours doing tasks other than mentioned above, and earn no less than $750 per month.
Under the Federal Fair Labor Standards Act and the Code of Federal Regulations, workers who have been classified as professionals are exempted from overtime payment. As such, being misclassified as one could adversely affect someone’s pay. If you believe you have been unfairly misclassified as a professional worker in Appleton, a lawyer at Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® can help you seek the compensation you believe you deserve from your employer. Call us at (414) 271-0900 to learn more about your situation.