United States labor law is the body of law and regulations concerning work in America. There are a number of statutes which operate at a federal level such as the fair labor standards act, the national labor relations act and the occupational safety and health legislation. These statutes apply to workers in the commercial and non-government workforce. Some of the most important elements of the federal laws include protections against discrimination on the grounds of race, national origin, age, disabilities, and religion. There are also a few sets of laws that govern employees of the federal government whilst the rights of workers in the state governments across the nation are determined by the legislation of those states.
Labor Laws in Florida
Florida’s current minimum wage rate is $8.05 per hour and applies to the same employees covered by the federal minimum wage law. Tipped employees who meet the eligibility requirements of the Federal Fair Labor Standards Act can be paid a direct wage of $5.03 per hour. If an employer chooses to pay employees minimum wage, the employer must pay those employees in accordance with the minimum wage law, either federal or state, which results in the employees being paid a higher wage.
Employers that have four or more employees are required to have worker’s compensation coverage for their employees. Also, children under the age of 18 cannot work in hazardous occupations such as excavation, electrical work, roofing, or mining, and cannot operate heavy machinery, moving vehicles, or other hazardous equipment. Minors are also not allowed to work during school hours without an exemption.
Some employers can act shady and will purposefully misclassify an employee’s position to avoid paying overtime. If you find employment with a company that classifies you exempt, and you have never been exempt before in your normal line of work, your employer has possibly pulled a fast one on you. Some employers will classify you as an “independent contractor” when you’re not. If you have never been an independent contractor before in your normal line of work, and an employer is trying to hire you as an independent contractor, they are most likely trying to evade paying worker’s compensation insurance and all taxes, in addition to overtime. Some employers will give you a manager title, when in fact, you’re not. If you find yourself in this scenario, please contact an attorney that specializes in labor law.
If you are not being treated right under any of the labor laws, please contact please call the Curry Law Group to speak to one of our experienced labor attorneys today.