In the United States there are “wage and hour laws,” protecting the workers’ rights with respect to pay by setting the minimum amount someone may earn per hour worked. Each state has its own wage and hour laws, many set rules for how many hours someone can work per day, as well as different minimums for overtime pay and weekend pay.
The majority of wage and hour violations involve overtime compensation or employers wrongly classifying their employees as independent contractors/thinkers. Other wage issues involve pressuring or forcing employees into working hours they don’t claim, such as working from home. If you have worked the hours, you deserve to be compensated accordingly, period.
Overtime Violations/Unpaid Overtime
Federal law requires that employees who are not “exempt” receive overtime pay for any time worked beyond forty hours in any one workweek. The rate of overtime pay is one and one-half times the employee’s regular rate of pay, and must be paid in wages, not in goods or time off. Employees who are eligible for overtime pay may not waive their right to receive overtime.
The most common way employers get around paying overtime is by misclassifying workers as supervisors or independent thinkers, who are exempt from overtime pay. For example, someone who has a boss and is given directions throughout the workday should not be classified as an independent thinker.
Contact Greene & Hafer – Boston Wage and Hour Attorneys
Employees should be aware of the federal and state wage and overtime laws. If you have questions about the wages you receive/are entitled to as an employee, or if you believe that your employer may be violating your rights, contact an experienced Employment Law Attorney at Greene & Hafer today!