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  Salary Talk: Will getting paid biweekly instead of hourly hurt me?
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Regardless of the intervals in which you are paid, your overall pay should not change provided your FLSA status hasn't changed.
Will getting paid biweekly instead of hourly hurt me?

Q. My company has changed hands and the new owners are thinking of paying me twice a month instead of hourly. What is the possible benefit or loss to me if they do this? In the past I've always had the option of overtime when the job required it. I understand I would lose several weeks of pay a year on the salary. Is there any information you can offer to help me choose or negotiate?

A. You don't lose any money owed to you if you go from being paid hourly to twice a month. However, being paid twice a month does not mean you are no longer entitled to overtime, unless your Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) status changes from nonexempt to exempt. The FLSA was designed to protect and maintain fair, just working conditions. The act's provisions, which include minimum wage, overtime, and a few others, do not apply to all employees, however. Some employees are legally exempt from the regulations, and others are legally nonexempt.

If your job hasn't changed but you are now treated as an exempt employee, I would recommend you speak to your local HR representative, and ask them what the rationale is for changing your status. I suspect that you are still an hourly employee who will continue to receive overtime, but will just receive your check twice a month as a opposed to once a week.

Good luck.

- Erisa Ojimba, Certified Compensation Professional

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