In the U.S., the federal minimum wage is the lowest amount that companies can legally pay their employees. Currently, the federal minimum wage is $7.25 per hour. Many cities and states have established minimum wages. Workers must be paid the higher minimum wage, whether it is the federal, state, or local minimum wage. If you
Most workers are non-exempt and must be paid at least the minimum wage plus overtime compensation for any hours that they work in a workweek over 40. In some cases, employers might try to switch workers from an hourly wage to a salary and claim that they are exempt from overtime pay. When this happens,
Many people in New Jersey and Pennsylvania are hesitant to serve on juries because of the potential loss of pay. However, jury service is crucial for the democratic and judicial processes in the U.S. Without juries, the legal system would falter. Employers and employees both must make sacrifices when workers are selected for jury service.
Most employers in the U.S. are required to pay an overtime premium to non-exempt workers who work more than 40 hours per week. This premium is based on the worker’s normal hourly wage and is 50% of it. An employee who works overtime hours must be paid one-and-one-half times his or her regular hourly wage
The Fair Labor Standards Act was enacted in 1938 to protect workers’ rights to a minimum wage and overtime compensation. This law also provided protections for child labor in the U.S. Companies that willfully violate the wage and hour provisions of the FLSA may face criminal prosecution and fines of up to $10,000 per violation.
While non-exempt, statutory employees in New Jersey are entitled to receive overtime pay for the hours that they work above 40 in a workweek, exempt workers are not entitled to the overtime premium. While the Fair Labor Standards Act and New Jersey’s labor laws regulate the rules concerning worker pay, little guidance is provided for
The federal Fair Labor Standards Act was passed by Congress and signed into law in 1938. While this law was passed more than 80 years ago, it is still among the most important laws in the U.S. Before the FLSA, the U.S. did not have national standards for such things as minimum wage, child labor,
Most working people are given time to eat lunch during their workdays. While lunch breaks help to boost morale and increase health, employers are not required to provide them in New Jersey or Pennsylvania. Federal law likewise does not mandate the provision of lunch breaks to employees. While multiple states have enacted laws to govern
Under the federal Family and Medical Leave Act, eligible employees who work for employers that are covered by the law can take as much as 12 weeks of unpaid leave each year to care for their serious health conditions or the health conditions of their family members. This leave is unpaid, but the workers’ jobs
On March 18, Congress passed and President Trump signed a bill to help Americans as they deal with the coronavirus pandemic. Multiple provisions in this law provide protections for workers. The employment law attorneys at Swartz Swidler believe that people should understand this bill and the changes it could make. A detailed list of the