Knowledgeable Fair Labor Standards Act Attorney Serving St. Petersburg & Tampa Clients
The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) was passed as a federal law in 1938 to prevent employers from exploiting their employees. Employers in all 50 states are beholden to the statutes included in the FLSA and are subject to penalties if they violate them. If you believe your employer has failed to honor the terms of the FSLA, contact employment law attorney Craig Berman right away.
What Does the Fair Labor Standards Act Cover?
The FLSA has statutes pertaining to minimum wage, overtime pay, and record keeping. All employers must obey these statutes, whether they have two or 200 employees. General tenets of the FLSA include:
All non-exempt employees (i.e. those who earn over $455 per week and/or are not in management positions or salaried) are eligible for overtime pay. Overtime pay is 1.5 times your regular hourly wage. For example, if you make $10.00/hour, you would receive $15.00/hour if working overtime.
All employees must be paid the higher of the federal or state minimum wage. For example, the federal minimum wage is currently $7.25 and the Florida minimum wage is $8.10. All people working in Florida must be paid at least $8.10.
Employers are required to alert employees of a change in the minimum wage and compensate them accordingly. They must pay non-exempt employees overtime pay if the employee works more than 10 hours in a single shift. Employees are also eligible for overtime pay if they work more than 40 hours in one work week.
Employers are required to keep complete, detailed records of their employees’ hours and wages. They must document each employee’s name, address, birthdate, sex, occupation, time of day and week the employee starts and ends work, hours worked each day, total hours worked per week, basis on which the employee’s wages are paid (e.g. weekly, daily, per project, etc.), regular hourly pay rate, regular and overtime earnings per week and pay period, any additions to or deductions from wages, and dates of wage payments.
If your employer has violated any of your rights under the FLSA and has done nothing to resolve the issue after you alerted them to it, now is the time to retain a successful employment lawyer. Craig Berman will listen to your circumstances and initiate the appropriate legal response for resolving this matter. He will file a complaint with either the Florida Commission on Human Relations (FCHR), the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), or both and represent you throughout the ensuing process.