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Wage and Hour Claims

There are federal and state laws that set guidelines on wages paid and hours work. These acts/laws standardize the minimum wage, when overtime must be paid and when wages are due, among other things.

The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) sets the minimum wage, guarantees payment of time and a half for overtime work, and restricts the number of hours of work per day for minors. It applies to private employers for workers eligible for overtime and federal, state, and local governments employing individuals who engage in interstate commerce, produce goods for interstate commerce, or work on goods/materials that have been moved in, or produced for, interstate commerce. The U.S. Department of Labor updated its overtime regulations, effective December 1, 2016.

The Pennsylvania Wage Payment and Collection Law provides a framework for employees to enforce employers’ obligation to pay wages when due.

If you have questions regarding compliance with the law, you may consult the U.S. Department of Labor’s FAQs, the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry’s FAQs, or one of our attorneys.