Wage and hour laws
March 8, 2023
Wage and hour laws are in place to protect employees in the workplace. They’re designed to ensure that employers pay their employees fairly and provide a safe environment for them to work. Wage and hour laws cover several topics, including minimum wages, overtime pay, meal breaks, and rest periods between shifts. Here’s what you need to know about federal wage laws:
Federal wage and hour laws
The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) is a federal law that sets the minimum wage, overtime pay, and record-keeping requirements. Under this law, employers must follow these rules:
- The Department of Labor has the authority to investigate complaints about violations of FLSA. If it finds that an employer has violated one or more provisions, it can order the employer to pay back wages due to employees who have suffered financial loss as a result of such violation(s).
- An employee who works more than 40 hours per week must be paid for all hours worked over 40 hours in one workweek regardless of whether or not they receive overtime pay for those extra hours worked (unless otherwise specified by collective bargaining agreements).
- Employers may also be required to provide rest periods between shifts and meal breaks during these periods which would be considered part of your daily schedule even though you may not take them every day or always take them within one hour before beginning another shift. This includes shift differentials if applicable in some cases but not all cases under certain circumstances so make sure you’re aware before doing anything else!
State wage and hour laws
State wage and hour laws may differ from federal laws. They may also be more restrictive than federal law, which means that the employee must follow stricter state requirements to be covered by an employer’s policy or agreement.
On the other hand, some states have adopted less strict standards than other states and allow employers to establish their policies without any interference from either state or federal government officials.
How to keep wages, including tips
- Record all your earnings.
- If you earn tips, keep a record of those tips.
- Document any disputes with your employer and keep copies of them in case they become relevant later on.
- Ask for an accounting of wages paid at the end of each week if it is unclear what has been paid out or why a payment was made (for example, because there were two different checks sent).
Protecting your right to overtime pay
Overtime refers to any time you work more than 40 hours in one week. Under federal law, employers are required to pay their employees at least 1½ times their regular rate of pay for all hours worked over 40 per week.
Who is eligible for overtime?
Overtime can be paid only when an employee works more than 8 hours in a day or 40 hours in a workweek. If you’re not sure whether your job qualifies as “executive,” “professional” or some other classification under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), call us at 1–800–FLSA-EWR and we can help you find out!
Wage and hour laws protect employees in the workplace.
Wage and hour laws protect employees from not getting paid for work. In other words, these laws make sure that employees are paid the correct amount of money when they do certain things at their jobs. They also protect them from being required to work overtime or perform tasks during a shift that was originally scheduled for another employee to perform.
These laws can be found in each state’s labor code, which is generally available online or through your local library’s reference section (if you’re lucky).
In conclusion, wage and hour laws are a critical part of protecting employees. They make sure that workers can earn their fair share of the money they work hard for, while also providing safeguards against employers who try to take advantage of those laws to avoid paying overtime. This document has provided an overview of what these laws cover and how they help ensure that employees receive equitable treatment when it comes time for paychecks each week or month.