No overtime pay with some driving jobs?

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  1. Moving Forward

    Moving Forward Heavy Load Member

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    Since I've heard a few different reasons why some companies don't pay overtime for Class-A drivers, is this really legal for them to do?

    I'm currently driving for a company that doesn't pay the usual time and one half rate for OT work, and was told they're exempt from that requirement... but didn't get more details for why they're exempt. We don't get paid by the load or mile, but do have a normal hourly pay rate and benefits plan. Has anyone else in this group run into a no OT pay situation?
     
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  3. Numb

    Numb Crusty Curmudgeon

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    Fact Sheet #19: The Motor Carrier Exemption under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) | U.S. Department of Labor (dol.gov)

    since the 1930's truck drivers have been exempt
     
  4. Diesel Dave

    Diesel Dave Last Few of the OUTLAWS

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    Im guilty of this, I don’t pay “Myself” overtime. Why should I ? ……. I don’t want to spoil myself. :biggrin_25523:
     
  5. wis bang

    wis bang Road Train Member

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    Some states did attempt to overcome this provision but most were not very effective.

    As I recall, NJ decided that anyone who's base pay was over 1.5 times the state minimum wage would still be exempt and this was back long before the current large bump in mumimum wages!

    Mid 80's $11.00 bucks an hour base pay would meet the exemption so it was, and still is, pretty much just legiscritter toothless noise that stilled the issue.
     
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  6. Allow Me.

    Allow Me. Trucker Forum STAFF Staff Member

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    Yeah I remember doing LTL years ago and we were local, but no overtime pay. Bossman said exempt because we hauled freight that originated in another state and fell under the federal rule.
     
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    shanman Medium Load Member

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    if you did spoil your self Uncle Sam would just take more.
     
  8. snowwy

    snowwy Road Train Member

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    I applied for a job hauling sod. I was told agriculture doesn't pay OT.

    I'm guessing that probably applies to all the farms that put food on our table also. Those jobs that Americans don't want.

    Congress passed a new law though that takes effect in August 1. IIRC. You all will have to decide if it will help truckers. It's supposed to add a million jobs and increase the pay for OT. And I think it includes 8 hours instead of 40 hours.
     
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  9. Ridgeline

    Ridgeline Road Train Member

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    which law?
     
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  10. snowwy

    snowwy Road Train Member

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    You can't google?

    Actually it says DOL.
    And july 1.
     
  11. tscottme

    tscottme Road Train Member

    No company is prohibited from paying OT. Federal law exempts trucking since 1930s. The theory being if OT pay was required undue pressure would be put on drivers to hurry up to avoid OT.
     
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