By order of the Department of Labor, effective July 24, 2009, the federal minimum wage rests at $7.25 per hour. Many states also choose to enact their own minimum wage requirements. In these cases, workers are entitled to the higher minimum wage.
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The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) outlines the requirements for minimum wage, as well as overtime pay. The FLSA states that businesses making at least $500,000 per year must pay their workers at least the minimum wage. It also applies to:
While most workers must receive at least $7.25 per hour, there are exemptions under minimum wage law. For instance, workers under the age of 20 may be paid $4.25 per hour during their first 90 days of employment. After this introductory period, the employee must be paid at least $7.25 per hour. Likewise, some full-time students, apprentices and disabled workers may be paid less than minimum wage under special circumstances outlined by the Department of Labor.
Workers who earn tips, such as waiters and waitresses, must be paid at least $2.13 per hour, as long as:
Some states have their own rules regarding minimum wage and tipped employees. In these cases, the employee should be paid according to the provisions that provide the greater benefits.
If you receive less than minimum wage, your employer may be in violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act. By contacting our minimum wage attorneys, you may be able to recover proper wages because of your employer's violation. Federal law clearly outlines the standards for minimum wage, so don't let yourself work for less than $7.25 per hour. Contact our minimum wage lawyers today.