Understanding the Benefits of Wage & Hour Laws in the Workplace

Workplace accidents have become a norm in most industries, though some companies have become infamous courtesy of the various risks workers face on a daily basis. In most cases, such accidents mainly revolve around construction equipment. Based on a recent study conducted by the Tennessee Occupational Safety and Health Administration, 22 local employees sustained catastrophic injuries at the workplace between January and August, which translates to a 36 percent increase in workplace injuries in 2014.

Despite putting your life in constant danger, you are still entitled to fair wages similarly accorded to colleagues in various manufacturing enterprises. With the enactment of the wage and hour laws, employers are obliged to pay their workers predefined earnings based on the number of hours they have worked per day. Such wage laws are specifically intended to protect workers from their ever-demanding bosses with little consideration for fair compensation. However, each State has enforced different wage and hour laws depending on various variables such as the type of job and its complexity. Despite such variances, employers must still pay you overtime in case you have gone the extra mile.

It is widely known that minors also clock in several hours in the course of service provision, similar to their adult counterparts. Fortunately, the establishment of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), outlines minimum wage, record keeping, overtime pay and employment criteria that affect workers with a special emphasis on minors. Since its formation, the Act provides specified guidelines intended to protect working minors and regulate their work in jobs detrimental to their well-being. Under the FLSA, employers are mandated by law to pay minors, under the age of 20, a minimum salary of not less than $4.25 per hour for a 90 day period.

  • Children under 14 years old can only engage in the following work as stipulated by law:
  • Babysitting occasionally
  • Gathering or making evergreens as a homeworker
  • Delivering newspapers to customers within a predetermined location
  • Working for a business entirely owned by their parent but should not include hazardous occupations such as manufacturing or mining
  • Working as an actor in TV or movies

As a worker, it is in your best interests to ensure that your fundamental rights are protected at all times. If you suspect reduced payment by your boss, don’t hesitate to contact an experienced Tennessee employment law attorney for legal guidance on the way forward.

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