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The most common and costliest wage-and-hour mistakes made by employers involve failure to correctly adhere to overtime pay requirements under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). 

Among the common mistakes: paying time-and-a-half for weekends and holidays; calculating overtime on a pay period basis instead of the workweek; and failure to pay overtime when employees weren't authorized to work the additional hours.

1. Does an employer have to pay non-exempts who work on weekends and holidays more than time-and-a-half, or will paying them just one-and-a-half times their regular rates do?

Actually, these employees may not be eligible for overtime at all. The FLSA requires employers to pay non-exempts overtime at one-and-a-half times their regular rates for hours worked over 40 in a workweek. If these employees are still working their straight-time hours when a weekend rolls around, they can still be paid their r...(register to read more)

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