I work part-time for a business with only six workers, and I make $5 per hour. The company sells things online for people who don't have the time or know-how to do it themselves, then takes part of the proceeds as a fee. The owner told me he doesn't have to pay minimum wage because it is such a small business. Is this true?
When I work more than 40 hours a week, my employer pays me overtime, which is great. The trouble is that I don't want to work overtime; I want to have a life and spend time with my family. But my boss says I have no choice -- I have to either work the overtime or look for another job. Is it legal to make me work overtime when I don't want to? Also, in weeks when I do not work more than 40 hours, I do not get any overtime pay, even if my boss has forced me to work 16 hours in a shift. Am I entitled to overtime pay if I work more than eight hours in a day but less than 40 hours in a week?
Question: I work for an accounting firm and get ten days of paid vacation every year. Right now, I have five days of vacation left that I can use. My boss recently told me that I have to take these vacation days before the end of the year, otherwise I’ll lose them. Is this legal? Answer: There’s
Question: I work at a coffee shop, which is part of a statewide chain. My shift is 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The store has a big morning rush from the time we open, at 6:30 a.m., until about 8:30 a.m. Then things quiet down until folks start coming in for their morning coffee break from work, at around 10 a.m.
Question: I work at a chain discount store. A group of us have to arrive at 7:30 a.m. to restock the shelves; our assistant manager arrives with us to unlock the doors and make sure we show up. The store manager arrives at 8 a.m., when we all officially clock in. We all used to arrive at 8 a.m. and clock
Question: I work at a chemical processing plant. When I arrive at work, I spend about ten minutes putting on protective safety gear, including specially treated work pants and jacket, hood, safety glasses, gloves, and boots. At the end of the day, I spend another ten minutes or so taking all of this
Payment of wages is governed by federal and state laws and regulations. Each of these sets of rules is extensive, and the interplay among them is complicated. If your employer has not paid you fully for your work, you may be entitled to penalties and, in some states, attorney’s fees, in addition to
Under federal and state law, you are entitled to be paid for all work you perform. These laws set the minimum wage that an employer can pay, establish overtime pay rates for work over eight hours in a day and/or over 40 hours in a week, require employers to give meal and rest breaks, require employers
Maybe you’re working a lot of overtime hours, but your employer isn’t paying you overtime pay. Or, perhaps your employer has denied you meal breaks, or you have questions about whether you’re being paid minimum wage. What are you entitled to under the law and how do you get it? In simple cases,
Question: My employer refused to pay me for overtime hours, so I hired a lawyer to file a lawsuit. The court set a trial date nine months from now. My employer’s lawyer took my deposition, and we’ve exchanged documents. But now my lawyer is saying some of the documents we received shows that I might
If your employer has underpaid you, by failing to pay you overtime or violating other wage laws, you may be thinking about hiring a lawyer to help you recover your unpaid wages. One thing that’s probably on your mind is: How much is it going to cost? In this article, you’ll learn the different type
Most employers are required to pay overtime to at least some of their employees. The overtime premium is half of your usual hourly rate. This means you are entitled to "time and a half" -- your usual hourly rate plus the 50% overtime premium -- for every overtime hour you work. Not all employees can earn overtime, however. Whether you are entitled to overtime pay depends on your state's law, your job duties, and how many hours you have worked.
Many employers give employees a half hour or so to eat lunch, whether paid or unpaid. This common practice is not required everywhere, however: The federal wage and hour law, called the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), doesn't require employers to provide meal or rest breaks. Some states have stepped into the breach to require such breaks, but others have not.
Lots of service employees -- from waiters, waitresses, and bartenders to gardeners, cleaning staff, movers, and counter people -- receive tips from satisfied customers. In fact, some employees earn more money in tips than in wages. What many employees don't know, however, is that employers in most states can take a tip credit: They can pay you a lower minimum wage because you receive tips. And, you may be required to "tip out" or pool your tips with other employees.
Questions If I get paid tips, can my employer pay me less than minimum wage? Does my employer have to pay me for time spent on required training? Can my employer require me to clock out when I take a break? Can my employer pay the federal minimum wage if the state's minimum wage is higher? How much of