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Wage and Hour Law

Federal and state laws have been enacted to protect workers from unfair treatment by employers when it comes to wages paid and hours worked. The Fair Labor Standards Act is the centerpiece of federal law that sets standards that include the minimum wage, the 40-hour workweek, overtime pay, and guidelines for the hours that children can work. It also forbids children from working in certain dangerous jobs. Employees often raise questions about their employer’s wage and hour practices. For their part, employers may need help interpreting federal and state wage and hour requirements.

What is the FLSA?

“The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) prescribes standards for wages and overtime pay, which affect most private and public employment. The act is administered by the [U.S. Department of Labor’s] Wage and Hour Division.

[The FLSA] requires employers to pay covered employees who are not otherwise exempt at least the federal minimum wage and overtime pay of one-and-one-half-times the regular rate of pay.

For nonagricultural operations, it restricts the hours that children under age 16 can work and forbids the employment of children under age 18 in certain jobs deemed too dangerous.

For agricultural operations, it prohibits the employment of children under age 16 during school hours and in certain jobs deemed too dangerous.”

Source: U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division

The New York wage and hour attorneys at The Law Offices of Newman & Drukman work with both employees and employers to solve issues related to wage and hour disputes. Our lawyers are seasoned professionals who have comprehensive employment law knowledge. We are pleased to help workers and employers with many employment-related issues, such as:

● Wage and hour disputes
● Definition of job duties
● Determination of exempt/nonexempt status
● Compensation and salary issues
● Salaried and hourly status
● Overtime issues
● Comp time issues
● Work-related travel
● Work-related meals
● Employees who receive tips

Employees who believe that their rights have been violated because of wage and hour issues are filing increasing numbers of lawsuits against their employers, according to the U.S. Department of Labor, the agency charged with investigating FLSA violations. Nearly 200,000 workers received back wages or overtime pay in the most recent year for which data is available. Their awards totaled more than $140 million. According to the DOL, most violations involve unpaid overtime due to misclassification of employees as being exempt. If you have a question about your employer’s practices, the New York wage and hour lawyers at The Law Offices of Newman & Drukman can assess your situation and determine if legal action against your employer is appropriate.

As an employer, you are responsible for operating your organization in compliance with federal and state laws governing calculation of hours worked and payment of wages to your workers. Changes in requirements and the overall complexities in the laws that apply to employment make it a good idea for employers to consult qualified legal professionals for informed guidance. Violations of employment-related laws can put your business at risk for steep fines and financial judgments. The New York wage and hour attorneys at our firm can help you make sound decisions about employees’ status, overtime calculation, and other matters affected by wage and hour legislation.

As an employee who depends on a regular paycheck, you want to know that your efforts are being properly compensated. And as an employer, you need to know that your company is operating in compliance with laws governing workers’ wages and hours. The New York wage and hour lawyers at The Law Offices of Newman & Drukman have proven their proficiency in employment law by satisfactorily resolving many cases involving such issues. We can help you, too. Because there are time limits that apply to claims for wage and hour violations, we encourage you to contact our firm online or call (516) 487-7375 for an appointment as soon as a problem becomes apparent. We believe you deserve excellence in legal representation, and we are dedicated to providing it, along with the personal attention and respect you want from your legal advocate.

The Law Offices of Newman & Drukman represent clients throughout the New York City and Long Island area, including Queens, the Bronx, and Nassau and Suffolk counties.