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Wage and Hour Laws Archives

Missouri raised the minimum wage in 2017

The minimum wage was a hot topic over the past few years. The famed "Fight for 15" pitted service workers, predominately in the fast food industry, against employers both big and small. The "Fight for 15" basic argument was that the minimum wage did not provide a livable wage which forced people on the minimum wage to seek government assistance. Essentially, the government was subsidizing major company’s ability to underpay their workers.

Hotel allegedly exploited workers; violated wage laws

There are laws are in place to protect the rights of workers in Missouri and throughout the country. These wage laws ensure that employees get paid properly and are afforded breaks, among other protections. A recent situation in another state focused on a hotel accused with violating several of the local and state minimum wage laws.

"Fight for 15" does not include service workers

The "Fight for 15" was a nationwide push to raise minimum wages to $15 an hour. It was largely successful, states and cities across the country are raising their minimum wage. But there is one group is that largely being omitted, tipped or "service" workers. This post will go over how they were left behind by the "Fight for 15."

An overview of the Labor Secretary nominee

President Trump announced his selection for Labor Secretary (head of the Department of Labor) back in December of 2016. But it is only recently that the country has taken a good look at their potential Labor Secretary's positions and background. Andy Puzder, the nominee, is CEO of CKE Restaurants (you might know them as Carl's Jr. and Hardees).

Difference between independent contractors and employees

Often companies have to decide between hiring permanent employees or independent contractors to get the job done. Independent contractors cannot be considered as employees and are paid for the services they provide. However, contractors might spend several years working with a particular organization. The line between contractors and employees is very thin, and sometimes companies might exploit this fact without breaking any laws.

The procedure to report unpaid wages and recover back pay

According to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FSLA), all employers must pay their employees on time. Sometimes employers find it difficult to send wages on time, which creates complications. The law gives employees the right to make a complaint against their employer in case such a situation occurs. It is likely that the court will ask the employer to pay wages on time and pay the amount that they owe immediately. The amount that the employer owes is often called 'back pay.'  The process to report unpaid wages and recover back pay is fairly complicated, and all steps must be followed accurately.

Break time for employees who are nursing mothers

The federal government recognizes the importance of breastfeeding and other motherly duties. Sometimes mothers might require breaks from their job to take care of their child. The federal government, along with 25 other states, has made special laws to make sure the rights of these mothers are protected.

Class action lawsuits against wage and hour law violations

The government gives employees the right to file a complaint against their employers. If they feel that their employers are not giving them a proper wage, overtime pay or denying their rights, they may file a lawsuit. The Fair Labor Standards Act (FSLA) protects the rights of employees and makes sure they receive proper benefits. If thousands of employees feel that their rights are being denied, they may opt to file a class action lawsuit against the employer. Class action lawsuits could be potentially worth millions of dollars.

Reporting wage and hour violations

If you are an employee who has been denied required minimum wage and overtime pay, you can recover the owed wages by reporting the act as a violation. According to the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), employers are supposed to pay at least the federal minimum wage. On top of this, employees who work over 40 hours a week need to be paid "time and a half" overtime salary. If an employer fails to provide the minimum wage, an employee or a third party may register a complaint. Complaints of 'wage theft' can result in employees receiving the wages they were unjustly denied.

Understanding minimum wage and overtime laws in the U.S.

Paychecks are the major motivation for most of the workforce in the U.S. Compensating employees for their good work is the least employers can do. Federal and state governments recognize that wages are important for the workforce, and enforce strict laws to make sure employees receive their fair share of wages. Each state decides its own minimum wage, depending on living conditions and the costs of living.