Wage and Hour Laws by State

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.

State Wage and Hour Laws

How to Calculate Your Wage Claim by State
If your employer is violating the FLSA, or the wage laws of your state, you may have a wage claim. For example, your employer may owe you a higher hourly rate, unpaid overtime, or even penalties for certain wage violations. Each state has its own process for handling wage claims. In most states, you can file an administrative complaint with a government agency, such as the state Department of Labor. By selecting your state below, you can find out how to calculate your unpaid wages, how to identify any penalties that you are owed, and how to file a wage claim in your state.
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