Work and Wage Violations for Insurance Agents
Insurance agents are, like all others employees, entitled to receive enhanced pay for any overtime hours that they work. However, under the Fair Labor Standards Act, many insurance agents are exempted from this additional pay under what is known as the “administrative exemption.” While this law allows employers to avoid paying overtime wages to administrative employees, provided certain conditions are met, many insurance agents who do not meet these conditions are unfairly denied the overtime pay they deserve.
Fortunately, insurance agents who have not received the full amount of pay for which they have worked do have legal options for obtaining this pay. In such a situation, an improperly compensated insurance agent may be able to seek their overtime pay from their employer through legal means.
Exemptions from Overtime
Insurance agents in Wisconsin can only be exempted from overtime pay requirements if they meet the following criteria:
- Employee is compensated on a salary or fee basis at a rate of not less than $455 per week
- Employee’s primary duty is the performance of office or non-manual work directly related to the management or general business operations of the employer or the employer’s customers
- Employee’s primary duty includes the exercise of discretion or independent judgment with respect to matters of significance
All insurance agents whose job duties do not fit this description are entitled to the same overtime pay benefits as other workers, meaning they should be paid one and half times their hourly pay for hours worked over 40.
If you are an insurance agent who deserves overtime pay which you have not received, an overtime lawyer from Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. can help you fight for the wages which you have rightfully earned. Call Jason Knutson at 608-255-6663 to learn more about your employee rights and taking legal action to obtain the pay for which you have diligently worked.