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UNDERSTANDING MINIMUM WAGE REQUIREMENTS

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The Fair Labor Standards Act defines a great deal of what employers can and cannot do regarding their employees. Subjects included in the act are minimum wage and overtime requirements. Employers in Pennsylvania must abide by the Fair Labor Standards Act at all times and must display this information in the workplace, accessible to employees. Understanding minimum wage and overtime requirements is a critical component of a successful working relationship. 

Who Does the Minimum Wage & Overtime Standards Apply To?

The Fair Labor Standards Act's minimum wage and overtime requirements apply to the following types of employees:

  • "Employees who engage in interstate commerce, produce goods for interstate commerce, or handle, sell, or work on goods or materials that have been moved in or produced for interstate commerce."
  • Additionally, the above entities must produce no less than $500,000 in annual revenue.
  • Regardless of business revenue, the following types of employees are also covered: "hospitals; institutions primarily engaged in the care of the sick, aged, mentally ill, or disabled who reside on the premises; schools for children who are mentally or physically disabled or gifted; preschools, elementary and secondary schools, and institutions of higher education; and federal, state, and local government agencies."

Who Is Excluded from the Minimum Wage & Overtime Standards?

Some types of employees are not included in the minimum wage and overtime standards set forth by the Fair Labor Standard Act, including:

  • Newspaper delivery employees and employees of some small newspaper or switchboard/telephone companies
  • Fishing employees
  • Employees who are deployed on foreign vessels
  • Seasonal employees of some recreational establishments
  • Small farm employees
  • Casual sitters for children, elderly, or sick individuals
  • Certain administrative employees, including school teachers and administrative personnel in academic environments
  • Certain sales employees
  • Some types of computer professionals

Additionally, some types of employees are exempt from overtime regulations only, such as taxi drivers, commissioned retail employees, railroad employees, employees of movie theaters, news editors and announcers, farm workers, and more.

When to Contact an Employment Law Attorney

If you suspect your employer is in violation of the minimum wage or overtime requirements as set forth by the Fair Labor Standards Act, it is critical that you consult with an experienced employment law attorney. Sean A. Casey, Esq. has the expertise and resources to assist you in getting the compensation you are entitled to by law. Call today for a one-on-one consultation at (412) 201-9090 or toll free at (888) 658-0041.

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