MAVERICK COUNTY TO RECONSIDER EMPLOYEE STATUS UNDER FAIR LABOR STANDARDS ACT

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The Maverick County Commissioners Court will be reconsidering a previous decision to change the employment classification of several workers, including members of the Maverick County Sheriff’s Department Investigation Division, Jailers, and Lieutenants, from non-exempt to exempt. During a meeting on March 30th, County Judge Ramsey E. Cantu presented a list of employees who were being considered for a salaried position, which would make them ineligible for overtime pay. Although the proposal was approved, it will now be revisited due to provisions under the Fair Labor Standards Act that provide special provisions for public sector employees.

An upcoming meeting on April 11th will feature an item seeking to change the employees’ statuses. It is important to correctly classify employees as either exempt or non-exempt, as non-exempt employees are required to receive the federal minimum wage of $7.25 as well as overtime pay at one and one-half times their hourly rate, while exempt employees are generally not entitled to either overtime pay or the minimum wage.

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