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Q AND A: Companies can pay different wages for different hours

Published 05/19/2010, Newsday

QUESTION: I work for an agency that breaks down the hourly pay during my shift into three pay scales. For example, my schedule runs from 11 p.m. to 9 a.m. From 11 p.m. to midnight I earn a particular pay rate. From midnight to 7 a.m., another rate kicks in. And from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m., the final rate takes effect. Can the agency legally do this?

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