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So there are two types of employees. Exempt, and non-exempt. In Texas, it is allowed to pay someone over a particular time if the employment contract sets that up.
However, you cannot pay a person for hours they do not work if they are otherwise hourly employees
So, my guess is that civilians are non-exempt, while the law enforcement employees are exempt. Is this correct?
well i dont know. I am an employee of the City of San Antonio.
Most hourly employees in the Texas are entitled to a special overtime pay rate for any hours worked over a total of 40 in a single work week (defined as any seven consecutive work days by the Fair Labor Standards Act). Thus, if you are hourly, then you do not have to get paid overtime until you hit the 40 hour mark
I perform the exact same job as detectives that work in my unit
I understand your concerns here. The question is whether or not they are part of a union, or if their actual employment contract is different than yours
Ok..I understand so that is basicall the difference they are exempt and we are not?
That is likely the situation yes. However, I cannot tell you definitively without actually seeing the employment contracts
Well i know that there contract is different than out. There are other differences about pay but these are the ones that stand out. Its just fustrating that I can not take a day off without having to make up those 8 hours while they do not. Just seems unfair
I do not disagree with you. Unfortunately, this is why it is so unfortunate that people are actively trying to get rid of their unions today as this is the kind of protection that they afford.
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