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Wage & Hour Laws Archives

Pay may not factor into overtime eligibility

Indiana workers and others that are considered highly paid for practical purposes may be entitled to overtime pay, according to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). A 6th Circuit court ruling found that the legal meaning of the phrase "highly compensated employees" should be considered regardless of how much a person makes. The case was brought by two welding inspectors that worked for a Houston-based construction contractor.

Legality of cryptocurrencies as compensation

The use of cryptocurrencies has become increasingly common in Indiana as stories of their increasing values have made headlines. Employers may be tempted to attract employees to their companies with offers of compensation with cryptocurrencies like bitcoin. However, under U.S. federal law, this practice could be considered a wage and hour violation.

Do I qualify for guaranteed leave from my job after I give birth?

With so many elements of the business regulation world changing rapidly these days, it is difficult to know exactly what pregnant woman can expect and demand under the law as an employee. While the law does change from time to time, and may change again soon, there are current protections to new and expectant mothers under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA).

Indiana considers raising the minimum wage

Two competing bills submitted by two Democratic senators seek the raise the minimum wage in Indiana. Indiana is surrounded by states who have raised their minimum wage from Illinois and Michigan to Ohio. But the fight to raise the minimum wage is encountering resistance in Indiana. Some lawmakers and business groups argue that raising the minimum wage too much could have drastic consequences for the economy and make Indiana less competitive.

Indiana considers raising the minimum wage

Two Democratic state senators introduced different bills that would raise the minimum wage in Indiana. Indiana's neighboring states to the north, east, and west have all enacted legislation to raise their minimum wage - Indiana has thus far refused. The two competing bills would raise Indiana's minimum wage, currently $7.25 to either $10.62 per hour or $15 an hour for most Indiana workers.

How to report wage and hour violations

The federal government takes wage and hour laws very seriously, and strict laws are in place to protect employees. If your employer is denying your paycheck and not paying you according to the rules and regulations, you have the right to file a complaint. The federal Fair Labor Standards Act was passed to protect employees that are mistreated by their employers. Any violations by the employer can be taken to court by registering a complaint under the FLSA.

Violation of the wage and hour laws

If you are an employee who has been wrongly denied the required minimum wage and overtime pay, you may be able to recover the wages by reporting it as a violation. The Fair Labor Standards Act requires employers to pay the federal minimum wage and overtime pay if an employee worked over 40 hours a week. An employer who fails to provide minimum wage and overtime pay to his employees is committing wage theft. The affected employee or a third party may file a complaint against the employer if wage theft is suspected.

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