Back-Office Salaried Employees

Finance Analysts

Many financial and other companies call lower-level support employees “analysts” without regards to the work that they actually perform. These companies will often require junior-level employees to work long hours for their predetermined salary, without additional overtime compensation. Analysts may be responsible for performing trade reconciliations, maintain cash and account balances, investigate discrepancies and report back to their managers, but they frequently do not maintain significant independent discretion or control to raise to the level as an “exempt” employee. While many companies have revised their practices and now pay lower-level analysts or other support employees overtime, other companies continue to require employees unpaid overtime

Secretarial & Administrative Assistants

The Fair Labor Standards Act has typically been found to apply to require overtime pay to secretaries, administrative and personal assistants. While many executive assistants are “on call” at all hours of the day and perform important work supporting top-level executives, they are still typically entitled to compensation for all hours worked and overtime for work performed over forty hours each week. If you have been required to work excessive hours in a role as a secretary or as an administrative or personal assistant, you may be entitled to unpaid overtime pay under the Fair Labor Standards Act.


Companies frequently give college-educated entry-level employees the title of “Associate” and then require that the employee work long hours for relatively little pay with the hope of being promoted. Many such “Associate” positions entail long hours with little job discretion and, even if the job involves large amounts of money or is otherwise important, the “Associate’s” duties are limited. If you have been classified as an exempt “associate” but are being required to perform relatively low-level duties, you may likely be entitled to unpaid overtime.

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