Dallas Employment Lawyer – Wage and Hour
The Wage and Hour Division (WHD) of the Department of Labor monitors and enforces several workplace laws including the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).
The FLSA establishes minimum wage, overtime pay, recordkeeping, and youth employment standards affecting employees in the private sector and in Federal, State, and local governments. Covered nonexempt workers are entitled to a minimum wage of not less than $7.25 per hour effective July 24, 2009. Overtime pay at a rate not less than one and one-half times the regular rate of pay is required after 40 hours of work in a workweek.
Specifically, the Wage and Hour Division enforces
- MINIMUM WAGE: The federal minimum wage is $7.25 per hour effective July 24, 2009. Many states also have minimum wage laws. In cases where an employee is subject to both state and federal minimum wage laws, the employee is entitled to the higher minimum wage.
- OVERTIME: Covered nonexempt employees must receive overtime pay for hours worked over 40 per workweek (any fixed and regularly recurring period of 168 hours — seven consecutive 24-hour periods) at a rate not less than one and one-half times the regular rate of pay. There is no limit on the number of hours employees 16 years or older may work in any workweek. The FLSA does not require overtime pay for work on weekends, holidays, or regular days of rest, unless overtime is worked on such days.
- HOURS WORKED: Hours worked ordinarily include all the time during which an employee is required to be on the employer’s premises, on duty, or at a prescribed workplace.
- RECORD KEEPING: Employers must display an official poster outlining the requirements of the FLSA. Employers must also keep employee time and pay records.
- CHILD LABOR: These provisions are designed to protect the educational opportunities of minors and prohibit their employment in jobs and under conditions detrimental to their health or well-being.
If you are in need of a Dallas Labor Law Attorney to help with a wage and hour issue don’t hesitate to call us. We work with employees who believe their Fair Labor Standards rights have been compromised.