If you believe that you have not been paid at least the minimum wage rate required under the Federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and Michigan law, then contact the Law Offices of Bryan Yaldou today to set up a free consultation. Allow Bryan Yaldou, our FLSA attorney, be your advocate and help you recover the wages you have worked hard to earn. We represent employees throughout the Downriver area and elsewhere in Michigan.
The FLSA requires that covered employers follow a particular set of rules regarding employee wages and hours. “Covered” employers often include entities whose annual revenue grosses at least $500,000 and entities that engage in interstate commerce. The FLSA requires covered employers to pay their non-exempt employees at least the federal minimum wage of $7.25/hour and an overtime rate of 1 ½ their normal hourly rate for all hours worked over 40 in a single workweek.
The law requires that employers pay their employees for all tasks that the employee is “suffered or permitted” to work, this includes:
The federal law also requires that the tipped employee wage rate is at least $2.65/hour. The FLSA allows employers to pay tipped employees lower rates so long as employees make the “tip credit” which means that the employees receive enough tips to reach the federal minimum wage. However, if the employee’s tipped wages combined with the cash wage does not equal at least the federal minimum wage, then the employer is required to pay the difference.
If any employer has an FLSA violation, they are subject to fines under the Fair Labor Standards Act. Employees who suffer from such violations may be entitled to recover up to three years of back wages, attorney fees, and liquidated wage damages. Employees can often recover double the amount that their employer owes them in unpaid wages through liquidated damages.
Learn more below about common types of FLSA violates entitling employees to back wages and damages. Contact our Brownstown wage and hour attorneys to discuss your particular situation and questions.