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What should employees know about wage and hour laws in Indiana?

On Behalf of | Mar 29, 2024 | Wage & Hour Laws

Employees have a right to be paid a wage that meets or exceeds federal and state law. Indiana adheres to the federal minimum wage standard, which is $7.25 in 2024. This has remained the same since 2009.

Workers should stay informed about current rates and exceptions to ensure fair compensation.

Exceptions to minimum wage

There are two primary exceptions to the standard minimum wage. The first is for tipped employees. These workers must make at least $2.13 per hour from their employer, but their tips must make up the difference to minimum wage or the employer must make up the difference on a per-shift basis. The other fairly common exception is for employees who are under 20 years old. Those individuals can be paid $4.25 per hour for the first 90 days of employment. This is based on calendar days, not working days.

Overtime regulations

Indiana requires employers to pay non-exempt employees 1.5 times their regular pay rate for hours worked beyond 40 in a workweek. Based on their job duties and salary, some employees may be exempt from overtime pay. Understanding these exemptions and the criteria for overtime eligibility is essential for employees to advocate for their rights.

Breaks and meal periods

Under Indiana law, employers aren’t required to provide breaks or meal periods to adult employees. Federal law dictates that these must be paid if an employer provides short breaks, usually 5 to 20 minutes. Meal periods, typically 30 minutes or longer, where the employee is relieved of all work duties, don’t need to be compensated. Indiana law mandates a break period for minors, ensuring they have time to rest during their work shifts.

Employees who aren’t being paid as the laws require may opt to pursue legal action. Working with someone familiar with this area of law can help them to formulate a plan and put it in motion.


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