Wage and hour lawsuits are on the rise -- and they can be costly traps for unwary employers. Learn the rules on overtime, meal and rest breaks, pay docking, and other common trouble spots.
Wage and Hour Laws FAQ
Answers to some common questions about paying workers, from the minimum wage to overtime requirements.
When Must Employers Pay the Minimum Wage?
Most employers must pay their workers at least the federal minimum wage.
Paying Tipped Employees: Tip Credits and Tip Pooling
Avoid wage and hour lawsuits when compensating employees who earn tips.
Understanding Wage Garnishments
Learn the rules that apply if you receive an order to garnish an employee's wages.
What Can You Deduct From an Employee's Paycheck?
Learn the rules on deducting for uniforms, advances, property damage, and more.
Can Our Company Have Unpaid Interns?
Find out when employers must pay their interns.
When Must Employers Provide Meal and Rest Breaks?
Federal law doesn't require employers to offer breaks, but some state laws do.
When Must Employers Pay Overtime?
Are your employees entitled to overtime pay? Learn the rules here.
Compensatory Time Might Not Be Legal
It is generally illegal to give employees straight comp time -- one hour off for every extra hour worked -- rather than overtime pay.
Legal Limits on Pay Docking and Unpaid Suspensions
Find out when you can reduce a salaried employee's pay -- without running afoul of wage and hour laws.
Paying Employees Who Are On Call or Traveling for Business
You may have to pay employees for hours they spend on call or traveling.
Can we require waiters to pool their tips with the dishwashers and cooks?
Tip pools should include only employees have provided service to the customer.
When do we have to give fired employees their final paychecks?
State law determines when employees are entitled to a final paycheck -- and what it must include.
Can we deduct from an employee's paycheck to pay back an advance?
State law sets the rules for payroll deductions.
Have the overtime rules changed?
What do the new rules actually require?