Did I get my full wages in my last paycheck?: Part 2 – Piece Work
Some workers are paid not by the hour but by the pieces of work they produce. Pieceworkers are not common, but some employers do pay workers in this manner. Piecework pay might be found, for example, in a manufacturing shop where the employer has more orders for a product than it can produce in a single shift but not enough to justify two shifts. So, the shop might set up one standard 8-hour shift for most workers and then let a couple of the workers produce
As we noted previously on this site, most employees are covered by the provisions of
Fundamentally the regulation requires
Thus, for example, if the employee has worked 50 hours and has earned $491 at piece rates for 46 hours of productive work and in addition has been compensated at $8.00 an hour for 4 hours of waiting time, the total compensation, $523.00, must be divided by the total hours of work, 50, to arrive at the regular hourly rate of pay—$10.46. For the 10 hours of
Notice that, in order to make the calculation, the employer must know the number of hours worked by an employee and the production levels during both the regular shift and the off-shift work. Thus, the employer will have to keep records of times worked. Employers who fail to keep the required records may find that they face substantial record-keeping fines under the USDOL regulations at 29 CFR Part 530. Employees who fail to keep their own records of hours worked after the regular shift risk losing overtime pay to which they may well be entitled.