The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) requires employers to adhere to certain standards of paying their employees. These standards range from minimum wage requirements to overtime compensation. For example, employers may try to avoid paying extra for the overtime work that their employees have done by saying the employees were working “off the clock” or are still in possession of company property; however, employees have the ability to fight back and protect themselves.
The FLSA states that non-exempt employees are entitled to time-and-a-half compensation for their work over 40 hours in a workweek. Employers are responsible for compensating employees for any work they have done and must prevent off-the-clock work. That means, any work done before or after your shift must be compensated for by your employer. Additionally, orientations, training, and book work must also be compensated.
Other examples of employer infractions are denying employees benefits, not paying minimum wage, or withholding sales commissions or bonuses that a contract specifies is owed. If you have accumulated vacation days that were not used by the time you quit your job or were fired, you may be entitled to collect pay for that time. Employees must know the rights they have in order to make sure their employers are adhering to the stipulations set in place. We, at MAS Law Firm, can help protect you from employer manipulation and make sure that you are given the rights and wages you are owed. Trust our experienced and knowledgeable attorneys to ensure that you are paid what you are owed and your employers are held accountable for their actions.