What Is The Fair Labor Standards Act?
FLSA (Fair Labor Standards Act) was ordained to maintain minimum wage for employees and overtime compensations. FLSA classified employees into two groups exempt and non-exempt employees. FLSA standards are based on the category an employee is classified. Besides FLSA, other rules apply to employers and employees concerning minimum wage and overtime standards.
Some state legislatures don’t mainly rely on the FLSA standards; they have their labor standards-based in their states. Some have imposed higher minimum wage and overtime compensations. They might also have strict rules regarding child labor, and every employer within the country must adhere to those standards. FLSA is mainly concerned with federal wages that deal with non-exempt employees that work for employers.
The Current Minimum Wage Standard
As of now, the federal government has imposed $7.25/hours for employees without earning tips and $2.13 for employees that make tips beside their hourly minimum wage. This minimum rate is mandatory for every employer to pay their employees, no employee should accept below the minimum wage, and it is illegal by law for any employer to offer any rate below the minimum wage endorsed by the federal government.
Compliance With FLSA Standards
There aren’t any provision that allows employers to be exempt from the FLSA standards even though some do believe that you have to employ a certain number of employees before FLSA standards can apply.
There are, however, certain cases where the employer doesn’t have to comply with FLSA. That is the employer who is is exempt from minimum wage & and over time, such as a manager with a base salary, or can restrict an exempt employee from overtime benefits only.
The department of labor requires that every employer should classify an employee as either exempt or non-exempt. But you have to careful as to how to organize and place employees into the wrong category.
If you put an employee into the wrong category, you might have to compensate them for any forfeited wages due to your negligence or incorrect misplacement. You may also face criminal prosecution and a fine that’s up to $10,000 or sometimes only $1000.
Classification of employees as either exempt or non-exempt depends on the following factors;
* The amount you have been compensated.
* How you have been compensated.
* The type of job you provide to your current employer.
An exempt employee must earn a minimum of $23,600 annually; there might be some exceptions to this rule. As an exempt employee, you must, however, abide by the laws of FLSA. They must also pass the three tests governed by the FLSA. Finally, if you’re earning more than $100,000 annual compensation, you also fall into an exempt employee.
If an employee fails to meet the part test under FLSA, he’ll be classified as a non-exempt employee. The minimum wage and overtime benefits vary for non-exempt employees. If you’re under 20 years, the minimum wage by the FLSA standard is $4.24/hour within the first three months of your employment. If your employer refuses to comply, then in some severe cases, it can lead to imprisonment. So generally speaking, if you earn less than $23,600 a year, you’re likely to be placed as a non-exempt employee.
FLSA has provided a lot of protection to employees, but it did not state the exact amount of hours an employee has to spend daily or weekly. It is still required by each employer to pay for the extra hours, and the amount should be at least 1.5x the standard of the hourly wage if an employee works for more than forty hours per week. If an employee, however, could not meet the minimum weekly hours, the employer will not have to pay any overtime.
How To Deal With An Employer When He Violates Or Deny Your Rights
Talk to your employer and try to reason with him. An intelligent conversation, most of the time, will take care of the problem. Set your differences aside try to resolve the situation. Most employers don’t want to be part of any legal tangles.
Before talking to your employer take care of the following things;
* You Must Know Your Rights
Let your employer know that you know what you’re doing by telling him your FLSA rights. They may be accidentally doing wrong to you. It’s time to fix it.
* Tell Him The Facts
Tell your employer that you’re open for mutual resolution; outline the problem and how he can rectify the problem. Take note of all the things they’ve done with figures and dates; it should be exact and accurate.
If things didn’t work out for both of you, now you can take legal action against your employer for violating your rights, and you should keep all evidence intact. Then it’s time to move ahead and hire a lawyer to defend your rights. Call Massy and Duffy today.