Are you being paid enough for overtime?Find out with our Overtime Calculator for Social Workers
Social work is not like other jobs. The personal and intimate nature of the work – focused on ensuring the well-being of individuals and families – means that social workers are almost always on call, blurring the boundary between work and personal life. There are regular visits to see clients, emergencies where a fast response is essential and constant e-mails and phone calls. And that’s not to mention the number of hours spent working on case files at home, trainings, meetings and countless weekends or holidays lost to urgent work.
Social workers are covered by Georgia’s labor laws, including overtime laws. If a social worker spends more than 40 hours per week on the job, they should be paid extra for that time at an increased rate of pay. Unfortunately, overtime regulations are rarely observed for social workers. Most of their extra work goes “unseen,” meaning they do not receive overtime pay, even when their work week stretches to 60 or 80 hours.
Common forms of “unseen overtime” include:
Coming to work early or leaving late
Working during breaks
Working on files at home
Unpaid meetings or trainings
Travel time for work
Working on holidays and weekends
Are you working ‘Unseen Overtime’?
Our Overtime Calculator for Social Workers will help you understand whether you are working “unseen overtime” and to calculate how much money you may be losing.
The calculator will guide you through a simple series of questions which should take about 5-10 minutes to answer. After you complete the questions, the Calculator will provide an estimate of your unpaid overtime.
The Calculator is meant as an educational tool, but we also encourage you to reach out to the Social Workers Union if you are interested in learning more about your results. We are working to ensure that more social workers get the pay that they deserve. If you are not already a member of the Social Workers’ Union, you can find more information about joining here.
This Calculator is an educational tool that aims to estimate unpaid overtime for social workers in Georgia. It does not cover all forms of unpaid overtime, and the results it provides should not be considered definitive or comprehensive.
The answers you provide will be transmitted to the Georgia Fair Labor Platform and the Social Workers’ Union for research and advocacy purposes. Your answers will remain anonymous, unless you choose to provide your name and/or e-mail address at the end of the questionnaire.