The federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) creates some basic wage and hour protections for most employees who work in the United States. But the FLSA is a floor, not a ceiling: States are free to create higher standards for workers, and many have. Some states have a higher minimum wage that the federal standard (currently $7.25 an hour); some have more protective overtime rules; and some require employers to provide meal and/or rest breaks, which are not required by federal law.
If your state offers more rights than federal law, you are entitled to the protections that are most beneficial to you. To find out how your state handles wage and hour issues, select it from the list below.
Select your state to learn about your state's laws.