Crone & Mason, PLC is a pioneering law firm in the area of employee's rights, representing clients nationally in a wide range of employment related class actions and individual lawsuits, many of which with national importance, including overtime, wage and hour, personal injury, employment discrimination, financial fraud, minimum wage, and Fair Labor Standards Act -- FLSA.

The Fair Labor Standards Act FLSA is the federal overtime law setting wage and hour pay.  Crone & Mason, PLC’s overtime attorneys and lawyers wrote the following web sites seeking to educate clients and readers about mandatory overtime pay law:,, and


Independent Contractor

Sometimes employees are labeled “independent contractors” by their employers in order to avoid overtime pay.  Under the FLSA, a person who is an independent contractor is not entitled to overtime pay from the person who hired them.  First determine if you are an “independent contractor,” then you can decide if you are owed overtime. Some criteria for being labeled an independent contractor include:

  1. The amount of control your employer has over you
  2. If there is an opportunity for profit that is not controlled by your employer
  3. The skill and effort required in the job
  4. The permanency of the employment relationship

See also Temporary Employees

Mortgage Broker

In many cases, Mortgage Brokers should be classified as nonexempt employees who are entitled to overtime pay.   If you are a broker and not sure if you are covered under the FLSA, you should contact an attorney for more information. 

Show-up Time

Under FLSA regulations, employers are not required to pay for “show-up time.”  This is when your employer expects you to show up at a certain time, but after you arrive, you are sent home before you perform any work.  This time is not work time and you are not required by law to get paid for it.

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