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Feeling the Holiday Time Crunch? — The ISBA Weighs in on Overtime for Salaried Employees

Question: If I am paid a salary, can I still qualify for overtime pay? Answer: Perhaps. You are paid a salary if you regularly receive a predetermined amount each pay period. An employee being paid on a salary basis is not automatically exempt from receiving overtime pay. The primary duties you perform on your job must be exempt to disqualify you for overtime pay. For more information, visit the U.S. Department of Labor website at For more information about Illinois law, visit If you have a legal question, send it to Illinois Law Now is a series of newspaper and internet posts prepared by the Illinois State Bar Association that address legal issues of interest to the public. For additional information about the law, visit