IT Workers and Wage and Hour Laws
Are IT (information technology) workers entitled to overtime pay? Well, they have a better claim in Connecticut than they do anywhere else.
Under our federal law, the Fair Labor Standards Act, there is an exemption from overtime pay for “computer professionals.” There is no such exemption in Connecticut, however, and IT workers in Connecticut deserve overtime pay unless they meet the more stringent “professional” exemption.
If you are IT worker in Connecticut, you may have been taken advantage of by your employer. If you feel that you have not been fairly compensated or are misleadingly categorized to avoid your rightfully due overtime pay, an attorney can help you seek justice for yourself and your coworkers. You have rights that are protected by law, an experienced labor law attorney can help you ensure that those rights are being protected.
Connecticut IT Workers Employment Lawyer
At Hayber, McKenna & Dinsmore, our knowledgeable lawyers have represented a range of workers across Connecticut. We have taken on big corporations and we are not afraid of a challenge. We know that IT workers are an integral part of our economy, and we know that you deserve to be fairly compensated for the important job that you do.
Contact Hayber, McKenna & Dinsmore today. We can analyze your situation and thoroughly explain your available options so that you can proceed with confidence. Let us analyze your claim and see if you are owed back overtime pay. We represent clients throughout Connecticut, including Milford, Hartford, New Haven, Stamford and the surrounding areas.
Overview of Wage and Hour Law for IT Workers
According to both the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and Connecticut employment law, employees must be paid time-and-a-half for any hours worked over 40 in one week. Both laws provide for narrow exemptions that allow employers to not pay overtime to employees who meet the exemptions.
The FSLA includes an exemption for workers in jobs such as computer programmers, systems analysts, who design and build computer systems. They also need to be paid either at least $475 per week as a salary or are paid no less than $27.63 hourly.
Connecticut state law has no such exception. Computer workers must be “professionals” in Connecticut to be exempt from overtime. To meet the professional exemption, an employee must, according to Conn. Reg. § 31-60-16:
- Work in a job either requiring in an advanced field of knowledge acquired after prolonged intellectual study or that involves creative or original work;
- Consistently exercise discretion and judgment;
- Produce work that is intellectual and varied in character; and
- Make at least $475 per week.
Most IT workers do not meet this narrow exception, and, if classified as exempt, could be wrongfully denied overtime pay.
The category of IT professionals includes a wide range of jobs, including:
- Systems Administrators
- Conversion Analysts
- Systems Engineers
- Business Analysts
- Computer Support Technicians
- Software Developers
If you have questions about whether you are entitled to overtime pay, contact the Hayber, McKenna & Dinsmore.
Seeking a Connecticut Employment Law Attorney for IT Workers
With over a decade of experience helping those with employment law concerns, the lawyers at Hayber, McKenna & Dinsmore know exactly what you’re up against when taking on a major company. They have dedicated their practice to defending hard working employees that have been taken advantage of, including IT workers from all backgrounds.