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Ask Donna: Answers to AOL Jobs Reader Questions On Wages and Overtime

Ask Donna: Answers to AOL Jobs Reader Questions On Wages and Overtime

Can my boss clock me out if I work through lunch?

Our resident employment attorney answers reader questions about being paid if you work through lunch and if religious employees are covered by overtime laws. Read More »

Help! My Employer Is Making Me Work Overtime Off The Books. What Do I Do?

Help! My Employer Is Making Me Work Overtime Off The Books. What Do I Do?

Five options you have if your employer is stealing your wages

If your employer is making you work off books and failing to pay overtime, they're stealing your wages. What can you do? Here are five options. Read More »

Can My Employer Make Me Socialize With Co-Workers?

Can My Employer Make Me Socialize With Co-Workers?

Whether you say yes or no to office events, here are your legal rights

It's that time of year when employees are asked to attend events with co-workers. Do you have to? Your legal rights if you say yes or no to office socializing Read More »

How Employers Mistreat Workers -- Legally [VIDEO]

How Employers Mistreat Workers -- Legally [VIDEO]

Most workers have had times in their careers when they felt they weren't being treated fairly by their employer. But the question remains: Is it illegal, and if so, what can I do about it? As part of AOL Jobs' web video series, "Lunchtime Live," employment lawyer and AOL Jobs blogger Donna Ballman fielded... Read More »

Hurricane Sandy And Jobs: A Few Pockets of Opportunity

Hurricane Sandy And Jobs: A Few Pockets of Opportunity

No one would wish for a natural disaster on the magnitude of Hurricane Sandy, but if you're looking for a glimmer of hope and opportunity, rebuilding likely will mean more hours and pay for workers who help repair the damage. After the initial shocks to the economy related to $60 billion worth of lost... Read More »

Ask A Lawyer: How Can I Get Paid For Overtime?

Ask A Lawyer: How Can I Get Paid For Overtime?

How can you get paid for all the hours you worked? Whether it's getting paid vacation days or lunch breaks, lots of AOL Jobs readers have concerns about this issue, so I'm going to answer three readers' questions in this column. Please note: I'm giving general answers based on federal law. Your state may have... Read More »

Another Disappearing Blue Collar Job?

Another Disappearing Blue Collar Job?

Working in coal mines can bring to mind dirty and dangerous labor. But for more than century, it often was lucrative. Joe Caudill, who worked as a roof-bolter in an underground coal mine in Knott County in eastern Kentucky, brought home $105,000 last year, after factoring in overtime pay. But Caudill and... Read More »

10 Tricks Employers Use To Cheat Workers Out Of Overtime

10 Tricks Employers Use To Cheat Workers Out Of Overtime

An employment attorney explains the latest tricks -- and what workers can do to get their overtime pay. Read More »

Workers Put In 365 Hours Overtime, Just Answering Emails And Calls

Workers Put In 365 Hours Overtime, Just Answering Emails And Calls

Do you feel like your work day never really ends? It turns out the death of the time clock is not a figment of your imagination. According to a new survey released by Good Technology, the average American worker puts in an extra month and a half of overtime each year, just answering work emails and calls at... Read More »

Supreme Court Nixes Overtime Pay For Drug Reps

Supreme Court Nixes Overtime Pay For Drug Reps

By Mark Sherman WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Supreme Court has ruled that sales representatives for pharmaceutical companies do not qualify for overtime pay under federal law, a big victory for the drug industry. In a 5-4 decision Monday, the court's conservative majority concluded that the roughly 90,000 people... Read More »

The Best Way To Boost Your Productivity

The Best Way To Boost Your Productivity

Working overtime doesn't increase your output. It makes you stupid. Many of us still imagine that the more we work, the more productive we are. For over a hundred years or more, this has been deemed nonsense. Read More »

Boston Market To Pay $3 Million To Settle Workers' Overtime Pay Suit

Boston Market To Pay $3 Million To Settle Workers' Overtime Pay Suit

Restaurant managers don't usually clean ovens, mop floors or serve food. But it was having to perform such mundane tasks and not getting properly paid to do them that led several Boston Market Corp. employees to sue the chain for overtime pay. The employees alleged in a 2010 lawsuit that the Golden,... Read More »

More Workers Complaining Employers Cheat Them Of Overtime Pay

More Workers Complaining Employers Cheat Them Of Overtime Pay

The owner of three Subway shops won an award that no boss would want to receive. After workers in Anil Dhawan's stores in Vancouver, British Columbia, complained that they were pressured to waive their right to overtime pay, labor activists there awarded Dhawan the "Bad Boss Award." The Employee Action and... Read More »

Apple Assembly Line Gets Pay Raise, Fewer Hours

Apple Assembly Line Gets Pay Raise, Fewer Hours

By Peter Svensson NEW YORK -- Chinese workers who often spend more than 60 hours per week assembling iPhones and iPads will have their overtime hours curbed and their pay increased after a labor auditor hired by Apple Inc. inspected their factories. Read More »

Almost Everyone On Their Deathbed Regrets Working Too Much

Almost Everyone On Their Deathbed Regrets Working Too Much

An Australian nurse, who spent years counseling men and women at their deathbeds, recorded their revelations and regrets on her blog, which she's now turned into a book, "The Top Five Regrets of the Dying." The most common regrets, she found, were doing what others expected of you over what you truly wanted,... Read More »

Majority Of U.S. Companies Asking Employees To Work Longer Hours

Majority Of U.S. Companies Asking Employees To Work Longer Hours

Something's got to give. The country's cities are being occupied by citizens clamoring for a reassessment of our capitalist system. Of course, there's the motivator of 9.1 percent unemployment. But while the plight of the employed might pale in comparison to those still out of work, times are also tougher... Read More »

New York City Sewer Worker Makes $772,000 -- In One Year

New York City Sewer Worker Makes $772,000 -- In One Year

Many Americans long for that day when the ship finally comes in. For several New York City employees that day arrived last year when they raked in more than $700,000. One of the group, Gerald Mistretta, a city sewer worker, made more than the police commissioner, the schools chancellor and the mayor --... Read More »

As Labor Day Looms, U.S. Workers Busier Than Ever [Infographic]

As Labor Day Looms, U.S. Workers Busier Than Ever [Infographic]

With the Labor Day holiday looming, it would seem that many more Americans would find a way to kick back, relax and enjoy the fleeting days of summer. But we're an industrious bunch, so it may come as little surprise that the vast majority will find themselves busy with some enterprise this weekend, a new... Read More »

Which Workers Work The Most?

Which Workers Work The Most?

Time is a relative concept. Don't worry, we're not talking in an Einstein, speed-of-light kind of way. We mean in a practical, "time flies when you're having fun" kind of way. Most of us feel like times when we're enjoying ourselves go by quicker, while times when we're unhappy, bored or stressed seem to... Read More »

Salaried Workers, Do You Get Overtime Pay? Odds Are You Should!

Salaried Workers, Do You Get Overtime Pay? Odds Are You Should!

Just because you're salaried doesn't mean you're automatically exempt from overtime. Most employees are entitled to be paid overtime (1.5 times your regular hourly rate) under the Fair Labor Standards Act for any hours worked over 40 per week. Some employees are exempt, but not nearly as many as most employers... Read More »

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