Overtime pitfalls: The lurking traps

A rash of wage-and-hour lawsuits is drawing attention to the often-overlooked complexities of overtime pay laws. Think you don't owe overtime? Check our gallery of potential tripwires.

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IT Employees
IT Employees
Just because an employee can "lay hands" on an ailing PC or speak in technical jargon, it doesn't necessarily make her eligible for the "computer employees" exemption.

To avoid overtime, techies generally must have at least a four-year degree and job duties that largely involve the design, coding, or testing of applications or sophisticated databases, control over the definition of network and systems architecture, or professional consultation with users to determine requirements or create documentation. Writing code to an employer's specifications is not enough.

Last updated January 22 2008: 8:59 AM ET

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