Just because your company primarily hires educated, mid-level employees and places them on salary doesn't make you exempt from overtime requirements. If they don't have hiring and firing authority or the ability to dictate policy, they can be considered cogs in the modern workforce wheel - and therefore entitled to overtime.
"It's duties that matter, not titles," says Jill Weinberg, who assists small businesses as the owner of Weinberg Law Firm in Plano, Texas. "You can call someone an assistant manager, but if he doesn't pass the monkey test - if he's following a checklist - he's not exempt."
Last updated January 22 2008: 8:59 AM ET