Wage and Hour Disputes
Getting and keeping a job in and around Arizona is not always easy as jobs are in high demand. When individuals are willing to accept lower wages simply to have a job, they are at risk for being underpaid and overworked in violation of state and federal wage and hour laws. In order to determine whether or not your employer is complying with all employment laws, you should seek the advice of an employment law attorney who can evaluate your situation. At Nathan M. Smith & Associates, PLLC, our attorneys utilize their knowledge, experience, and advocacy skills to help clients receive the compensation they deserve for falling victim to wage and hour violations.
State and Federal Wage and Hour Laws
Under the Arizona Minimum Wage Act, most employers must follow the state’s minimum wage laws. As of January 1, 2015, the minimum wage in Arizona is $8.05 per hour. There are a few employers that are exempt from this requirement, including the state of Arizona, the United States, and small businesses that are not required to comply with the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). With the assistance of Nathan M. Smith & Associates, PLLC, you will know whether or not your employer is subject to the state’s Minimum Wage Act.
The state of Arizona does not have its own overtime laws, but instead follows federal overtime laws. Employers subject to the FLSA must pay employees overtime for hours worked beyond 40 hours in one week. Further, the overtime compensation must be equal to one and on-half of an employee’s standard pay rate. Employees age 16 and over may work as many hours as they want in a given workweek, but must be paid overtime for such hours in accordance with the FLSA.
Common Wage and Hour Disputes
Many wage and hour disputes involve underpayment or nonpayment of work completed by an employee. Examples of such disputes may be based on, but are not limited to, the following:
- Nonpayment or underpayment for overtime hours worked;
- Failure to pay the required minimum wage of $8.05 per hour;
- Failure to pay employees regular pay on holidays and/or overtime pay for work completed on holidays;
- Failure to pay employees every work period; and
- Receiving inadequate pay for the work being performed.
Wage and hour disputes may be resolved with the assistance of an attorney who can provide employees with options for holding employer’s responsible for illegal conduct. Whether you seek to resolve your dispute outside the courtroom, or wish to file a lawsuit, your attorney will be protecting your rights and interests every step of the way. For more information visit the United States Department of Labor website.
Contact the Employment Law Attorneys of Nathan M. Smith & Associates, PLLC Today
As a Phoenix employee, you rely on your income to pay your bills and satisfy life’s daily needs. If you believe you are not receiving fair compensation for the hours you are working, you may have a claim against your employer allowed by law. To determine whether or not your employer is violating any state or federal wage and hour laws, you will need to consult with an experienced Phoenix Employment Law Attorney as soon as possible. At Nathan M. Smith & Associates, PLLC, our Phoenix Employment Law Attorneys have helped many clients successfully hold employers accountable for violating wage and hour laws. Having received an “A” rating from the Better Business Bureau as well as multiple positive online reviews, Nathan M. Smith & Associates, PLLC is known for making sure their clients are happy with the legal representation they have received. Employers will continue to underpay and overwork employees until they hear the message loud and clear. To speak with one of our employment law attorneys, contact Nathan M. Smith & Associates, PLLC today by calling (602) 666-0050 to schedule your initial consultation. Our attorneys are available 24/7 to answer your questions and address your concerns.