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Unfortunately, just because an employee's job duties may qualify them for overtime exempt status doesn't mean the employer has to pay them that way. It's always simply an option. It is never illegal to pay an employee on an hourly basis for their time. It is also not illegal to reduce an employee's hours, unless the employee has a contract guaranteeing their previous hours for a set period of time, which very few employees have.
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