03. Employment Law
Unpaid Wages and Overtime
In 2019, Michigan's minimum wage is set to increase to $9.45 an hour. While any increase to the minimum wage is good news, it is hard to imagine somebody being able to live on $9.45 an hour at this day and age. That is why it is so important that an employer pay every cent owed to its employees.
Sometimes employers will try to cut corners by ignoring the minimum wage and overtime laws. If you believe that your employer has shorted your paycheck, we want to hear your story. Often times it can be a relatively simple process to get unpaid wages and/or overtime and you can get the money owed to you without having to go through drawn out litigation or trial.
The biggest obstacle workers often encounter while trying to collect back wages is the time limit to file a claim. For example, The Payment of Wages and Fringe Benefits Act says that you only have 12 months to file a claim if you believe that your employer was improperly deducting expenses from your paycheck. However, the Workforce Opportunity Wage Act allows you to look back 3 years from the time you file your claim. One thing is clear, the longer you wait to file a claim for unpaid wages, the more money you are losing.
There are also federal laws that provide that employers must pay a minimum wage. Under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), an employer is required to pay its employees at least the minimum wage. Also, an employer must pay its employees overtime pay for all hours over worked over forty per week (with some exceptions for managers and professional employees). Often times claims arise from employers requiring their employees to do work related tasks off of the clock. For example, traveling from job to job, arriving early for “pre-shift meetings,” and clocking out before actually being released from work. The FLSA protects workers from such employer practices. Remedies for breaches of the FLSA can go back two to three years.
Call us today for a free consultation if you have been shorted wages or overtime pay, or, if you believe your employer has been improperly deducting expenses from your paycheck.
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Unpaid Wages and Overtime
If you have been shorted on overtime by your employer, or, if you have been paid less than the minimum wage, call our office today to schedule a free consultation. We will fight to get you the wages to which you are entitled!
Family Medical Leave Act
The FMLA, or Family Medical Leave Act, entitles a worker to unpaid, job-protected leave for specified family and medical reasons. If you believe that your employer has violated your rights under the FMLA call our office today to schedule a free consultation.
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