Workers in Los Angeles and across the country are legally required to receive certain wages for their work under federal law. It is important for workers to understand their rights under the Fair Labor Standards Act. This is not only true when it comes to receiving the proper wages in full at the correct time, but also if there is a wrongful termination because of complaints about the failure to adhere to FLSA.
The current minimum wage for workers who are nonexempt and covered by this law is $7.25 per hour. These workers are also required to receive overtime pay at a minimum of one and one-half times what their regular hourly rate is if they surpass the conventional 40 hour workweek. FLSA requires that workers receive their pay on regular payday for the time period that they are supposed to receive it. It is not allowed for an employer to deduct wages from the paycheck for a shortage of cash or merchandise, uniforms that are required to be worn by the employees or tools that are used for the job. This is because it will reduce what the employee is paid to an amount below the federal minimum wage.
There are exceptions to these rules. Depending on the business or the kind of work that is being done, these FLSA regulations might not be applicable. There are other issues that the FLSA does not address. It is not required that employers provide workers with vacation pay, holiday pay, severance pay or sick pay. Workers are not required to have holidays off, receive vacations, or have a paid meal break. There is no requirement for workers to receive extra pay for working on holidays. Raises or other fringe benefits do not need to be made. There does not have to be a notice of discharge, a reason given for discharge, or immediate payment of wages for workers who have been dismissed.
The FLSA does not have a limit on the number of hours that an employee will be required to work. This includes overtime as long as the worker is 16 or older. If there is a violation of this employment law or the employer dismisses an employee for complaining about violations, it is important for the worker to understand his or her rights and consult with a qualified legal professional.
Source: dol.gov, "Handy Reference Guide to the Fair Labor Standards Act," accessed on Oct. 8, 2015