Richmond Wage and Hour Lawyer
Both federal and state lawmakers have enacted statutes to ensure that workers receive fair wages for the hours they work. However, some employees may be unaware of the compensation that should be provided for their overtime hours.
A Richmond wage and hour lawyer could help if your boss owes you for unpaid overtime or other work you did off the clock. You deserve to be paid fairly for your time, and a skilled employment law attorney at the Spiggle Law Firm could review your case to determine whether you may be entitled to compensation from your employer for wage and hour violations.
The Fair Labor Standards Act
The federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) sets standards for overtime pay, minimum wage, and other employment-related issues. While some workers are exempt from these protections because of the nature of their jobs, provisions of this act apply to most employees in Richmond. Additionally, the FLSA specifies that employers must pay qualifying workers an overtime rate equal to one and a half times their regular pay when they work more than 40 hours in a week.
For many years, salaried employees could not enjoy the protections of the FLSA. However, new interpretations of the rules make it clear that many salaried employees are eligible to receive overtime pay for hours they work beyond 40 in a given week. A knowledgeable Richmond attorney who has experience with wage and hour cases could analyze your employer’s actions to ascertain whether you can pursue compensation.
Wage and Hour Violations
Violations of minimum wage provisions can be difficult to identify. For example, restaurant employees who receive tips are supposed to earn at least the minimum wage, but tips are frequently documented poorly, if at all.
Employers can implement software that requires an employee to report tip income, but they may also ask workers to enter a minimum amount without having actually made that much in order to avoid paying them appropriately. In other situations, business owners may require workers to come in early or stay after a shift to complete tasks before or after they clock in for the day.
Additionally, employers may illegally take deductions from an employee’s pay or unlawfully delay their payments. A dedicated wage and hour lawyer in Richmond could review your situation to check for FLSA violations by your boss.
Exempt Versus Non-Exempt
Some employees are exempt from overtime and minimum wage requirements. The federal government has a set of standards used to evaluate whether a worker fits the exemption category. For instance, to be exempt as an administrative employee, a worker must regularly exercise substantial discretion and judgement regarding matters of significance as part of their job duties.
Workers exempt from wage and hour requirements include:
- Executive employees
- Professional employees
- Administrative employees
- Outside sales employees
- Employees in some computer-related fields
- Some farmworkers
- Seasonal amusement workers
- Casual babysitters and companions
If you have any questions as to whether your job is exempt or not from minimum wage and overtime pay requirements, reach out to a dedicated lawyer from Spiggle Law.
Contact a Richmond Wage and Hour Attorney Today
Because the standards for applying FLSA exemptions have changed in recent years, many employers are not aware that they should be paying overtime to some employees. Unfortunately, some business owners take illegal measures to avoid the rules and shorten paychecks.
An experienced Richmond wage and hour lawyer would be familiar with violations in many different forms. If you believe you may be owed unpaid hours worked, schedule a free consultation and case evaluation by calling today, or click here to do so online.