The Wages and Fair Labor Standards Act is a federal law that establishes employment standards affecting employees in the private sector, and those who work for the government. It establishes overtime pay for nonexempt employees and works to ensure employees are being fairly compensated. With widespread employment instability, many employers may seek to reduce hours, wages, or even terminate a portion of their workforce. If you have had overtime wages withheld, or are being paid less than you are entitled to by law, work with a Virginia Beach unpaid overtime attorney to secure the wages you have earned.
Important Information about Virginia Labor Law
The state of Virginia does not have its own laws to protect employees against the wrongful actions of their employers regarding wages and overtime. Thus, the state follows the federal Wages and Fair Labor Standards Act. Under this act, the majority of hourly employees are entitled to overtime compensation when they work more than forty hours within a consecutive 7-day work week. The minimum wage in Virginia mirrors the federal minimum wage and is currently at $7.25 per hour.
There are several rules and regulations regarding tips for those in the service industry. An employer who hires employees who make tips may be exempt from paying the federal minimum wage and can pay less than that amount provided that the tips make up for the difference. If they don’t, the employer is responsible for paying the difference.
Situations sometimes arise in which employers mistakenly exempt employees from receiving overtime, and many workers in Virginia Beach may not know that, based on their job responsibilities and the work they perform, they are actually entitled to time-and-a-half pay for hours worked over 40 hours per week. Other times, employers may intentionally withhold overtime pay. If you have recently been terminated or terminated an employee on bad terms, an issue regarding unpaid overtime may arise. Whatever the case may be, it is important to discuss your situation with a knowledgeable and experienced unpaid overtime attorney.
Attorney Lisa A. Bertini has dedicated her career to standing up for the rights of disenfranchised employees. She also works closely with companies of all sizes to establish proper human resource guidelines and policies. Her experience working on both sides of the law provides a valuable advantage in each case. If you have concerns about pay that you believe you are owed, schedule an appointment with our employment lawyer by calling (757) 222-9165 or contact our law firm online.