Can I waive my FLSA right to overtime

I am full-time 911 dispatcher and a part-time police officer for the same city, and when i work as a police officer i am payed overtime because even though i am working in a diffrent departmet it is for the same city (employer). Now due to municipal budgets getting tighter and tighter i am being told i can no longer serve as a part-time police officer because i would have to be paid too much. So i ask can I waive my FLSA overtime rights for hours worked as a police officer

2 answers  |  asked Jul 5, 2011 10:50 AM [EST]  |  applies to Massachusetts

Answers (2)

Kevin McGann
I agree with Judith completely. Wage laws are enacted to protect employees from overreaching by employers, and part of the protection is that the application of the law cannot be waived.

posted by Kevin McGann  |  Jul 5, 2011 2:22 PM [EST]
Judith Miller
The short answer is no, you can't waive your right to overtime pay. You might try to convince them to decrease your base wage as the 911 dispatcher so that the total amount they pay you ends up being the same, but it will be difficult to convince the town to do this.

posted by Judith Miller  |  Jul 5, 2011 1:59 PM [EST]

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