FAIR LABOR STANDARDS ACT (FLSA)
Protecting Your Employee Rights
The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) is a very important federal law that protects the basic rights and standards governing employment - particularly in regards to pay and overtime work - in the United States. The law was originally written in 1932 and was passed with modifications in 1938. Over the years, this landmark piece of legislation has received a number of important amendments.
Among other things, the FLSA requires that every covered employee receive:
- Minimum wage or more
- Overtime pay of 1.5 times the regular pay for hours worked in excess of 40 hours over the course of a work week
- Records of hours and pay kept by his or her employer
- Be properly classified as non-exempt or exempt
In this so-called “gig economy,” many employers wrongly believe that they can make any employee an independent contractor. The employer is trying to save on payroll taxes, overtime, and/or employee benefits. And it is the employee and his or her family who suffer. A large number of independent contractors are misclassified and entitled to unpaid wages and, possibly, liquidated damages and attorneys’ fees to collect the unpaid wages. Call The Glennon Law Firm, P.C. now to schedule a time to learn whether you are misclassified as an independent contractor.
In addition, the FLSA protects underage workers by prohibiting child labor. By law, children who are under the age of 16 may not work above a certain amount of hours, while children under 18 may not participate in certain dangerous occupations, which are listed in the act. If you know of or have been the victim of an FLSA violation, it is important to talk to an experienced Rochester employment lawyer who can help you evaluate your situation and assess the options available to you.
Speak to an Award-Winning New York Employment Lawyer
You should be paid for the hours that you work. If you believe that your employer is not following FLSA or similar New York Labor Law regulations in regard to your pay or the hours you are expected to work, don't hesitate to talk to a lawyer with training and experience in the area of employment law.
At The Glennon Law Firm, P.C., your case will receive the advocacy and attention it deserves. We are award-winning lawyers with several years of combined experience in class actions and the related legal field and our firm seeks to protect the rights of workers. Call our Rochester law firm today to learn more or to schedule your first case evaluation. Our firm offers legal services to all employees in Ontario and Monroe Counties, including the cities of Pittsford, Brighton, Canandaigua, Mendon, Fairport, Farmington, Penfield, Irondequoit, Greece, Chili, Webster, Victor, Henrietta, East Rochester, Gates, Victor, and Perinton.