You work hard, and you deserve to be paid for all of the time that you work. There are federal and Michigan laws that control how much employers are required to pay employees. Most people should be paid at least minimum wage plus one and a half times their normal rate for all hours worked over forty in a week. The federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and similar state laws provide protection for most employees. These laws cover issues such as:
- Minimum wage
- Overtime pay
- Employee benefits
- Termination of employment
Sometimes employers violate these wage and hour employment laws, either intentionally or because of misunderstandings. For example, an employer might not pay overtime to an employee who is on salary. Being on salary does not always mean you should not be paid overtime. Under the FLSA, whether you should get overtime depends on a number of other factors.
Another common way that employers violate wage and hours laws is by having employees work “off-the-clock.” Companies often require employees to work “off the clock,” such as through lunch breaks, or after “punching out” without paying them for that extra time. Some employers also require employees to put on protective clothing or prepare for work in other ways without paying them for that time. This time may count as work time for which you should be paid. Generally, employees should be paid for all the time they are required to work.
As an employment law firm specializing in wage and hour violations, Gold Star Law can help you find out if you should be paid more than you are currently receiving and can help you recover lost wages. You may even be entitled to twice what you should have been paid. We are located in metro Detroit and serve all of Michigan. Contact Gold Star Law for more information.