Law Summary for Maryland Overtime Law
Below Is an Outline of Critical Maryland Overtime Law Components.
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Note: New legislation, high court rulings (federal court decisions included), ballot initiatives, and other influences can change state laws. Please refer to a qualified attorney or complete your own research to verify the laws in your state to ensure accuracy.
Overtime Laws for Maryland
Employees who work more than 40 hours in a single workweek are required by Maryland law to receive compensation at an overtime rate of 1.5x their standard salary. There are exceptions to this law that employees need to understand to make sure they qualify for this compensation. Certain positions, like those that care for the sick, aged, and elderly in care facilities and those who work in bowling alleys receive overtime after 48 hours of work. Agricultural workers have different employment regulations for overtime pay as well, receiving compensation after 60 hours in a standard workweek.
These employees are exempt from overtime pay under Maryland law:
- Amusement/Recreational Employees (open for less than seven months per year)
- Employees over 62 working less than 25 hours in a single workweek
- Minors under 16 working under 20 hours each week
- Employees Working in Food Processing
- Employees Working at Food Service business that make less than $250,000 per year
- Gas Station, Motel, or Hotel Employees
- Employees of Movie Theaters
- Summer Camp Staff in Non-Administrative Roles
Maryland Overtime and Federal Law
Under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), employees can still be covered by benefits not provided by state laws. The FLSA aims to ensure that non-exempt employees who work more than 40 hours in a single workweek receive 1.5x their standard rate of pay. Employees who may be exempt by Maryland state laws, but classified as non-exempt under federal law would still receive overtime compensation.
If an employee meets the requirements of exempt status under the FLSA, then they would qualify as exempt. Their job duties, not just the job title, dictate whether or not they are exempt. Two main qualifications for exempt status is an employee who receives payment of more than $455 per week and performs supervisory or executive duties as part of their job.
- Executives and Managers
- Learned Professionals (CPA, lawyers, physicians, etc.)
- Outside Salespeople
Overtime Is Not Mandatory for Nurses In Maryland
Nurses in Maryland must only work the normal hours scheduled as defined by previous work schedules. However, there are some instances where nurses could be required to work overtime:
- An unanticipated emergency in which work was needed
- A repeated instance due to an employer’s failure to plan and act responsibly or have the right backup plans in place
- Voluntary workers could not be found during the crisis despite sound efforts
- The situation requires the nurses a specific set of skills for the task at hand
- The nurse is involved in a situation where s/he needs to continue carrying out care until completion.
- The nurse has been directed by the employer on the reasoning behind the action
If You Have Been Denied Overtime, Seek Legal Advice Immediately
State and federal laws concerning overtime pay are complex and are subject to change. It always helps to have a professional there to help. If you feel that you or someone you care about has not been properly compensated, then please get in touch with the Lemberg Law legal team today. Complete our form for a FREE case evaluation, or call 855-301-2100 NOW. You may be entitled to compensation for damages, injuries, or lost wages for federal and state wage law violations.