Wage and hour law makes up the rules that govern how much an employer has to pay employees for doing work. Most of the issues that arise come down to the wage rates an employer must pay and the time for which employees are entitled to be paid.
The most well-known wage and hour law is the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”), which was signed into law in 1938. The FLSA applies to most American workers (https://www.dol.gov/agencies/whd/fact-sheets/14-flsa-coverage). Many states also have their own wage and hour laws and their requirements can be different from the FLSA. For example, the New Jersey Wage and Hour Law (“NJWHL”) provides for a higher minimum wage than the FLSA.
Businesses that violate the FLSA or NJWHL can face significant consequences in court and may end up owing much more money than if they had simply paid the right amount in the first place.
We can help New Jersey workers and businesses address any wage and hour problems. Questions? Contact Alex Pisarevsky at ap@njlawfirm, or (201) 845-9600.