What are fair wages?
According to the United States Department of Labor, the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) “establishes minimum wage, overtime pay, recordkeeping, and youth employment standards affecting employees in the private sector and in Federal, State, and local governments.” This also includes covered nonexempt worker that are entitled to a minimum wage of no less than $7.25 an hour (effective 2009), and overtime pay one and a half times the regular pay rate over a 40 hour work week.
Under the FLSA, you’re entitled to certain rights and fair wages in Philadelphia. Do you feel like your wages have been wrongfully withheld from you? Have you spoken to your employer and you’ve gotten nowhere with them? Do you feel like you’re not being heard?
At the Law Offices Of Thomas More Holland, we believe everyone should be informed of their rights to fair wages in Philadelphia. Here are some of the rights protected under the Fair Labor Standards Act:
- Failing to Pay All Hours Worked – Have you ever felt like you had to work “off the clock” so your employer would think you’re a team player? There’s nothing wrong with working hard, but the law requires compensation for the entire time worked. Under the FLSA, employees are to be paid for all hours worked where the employee is required to be whether at an assigned workplace, at the employer’s establishment, or on duty at another location.
- Failing to Pay Overtime – To be paid overtime pay at one and half times the regular pay rate you have to work over a normal 40 hour work week. You must also be a non exempt employee, and that is determined by the job duties your perform, and not by your job title. The FLSA for overtime and non exempt employees is far more detailed. In order to determine if you have a claim under the FLSA, contact TMH Law to see if you may have a case.
- Independent Contractors – In order to avoid falling under FLSA, some employers only hire independent contractors. To protect as many employees as possible, the FLSA has a broad definition of what employee status means. For example, if you’ve been hired as an independent contractor, but most if not all of your income comes from the company you’d likely be considered an employee rather than a contracted worker. A lawyer can help you evaluate other key factors when determining if you’re a independent contractor or an employee.
If you feel like you’ve been denied fair wages in Philadelphia then contact TMH Law today for a personal consultation.
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