Wage & Hour FAQ

Wage hour FAQAll work exchanges are generally the same: money paid for hours worked. However, wage and hour rules can get confusing, especially as certain rules may differ depending on the state you are in, or your employer’s requests.

Despite the fact that there may be differences in the way wages and hours are handled, there are certain aspects that are protected under employee’s rights, such as:

  • Overtime
  • Minimum wage
  • Travel
  • Training time
  • Wage garnishments
  • Hour cuts
  • Furloughs
  • Much more

If you are facing any contention at your workplace regarding your wages or hours, you may have a case against your employer.

At Fieger Law, we have answers to your legal questions, such as:

What if my boss is underpaying me?

Your first step should be to speak with your employer about the issue to determine whether or not you can come to an agreement. You can and should point out that they are legally required to pay you according to your state’s minimum wage and hour laws. If your employer has and continues to violate the law, you may be able to collect money back by working with an attorney.

Do I have to take time off for lunch?

Under federal law, employers are required to pay their employees for each hour worked. If an employee works through their lunch break, they must get paid for this time. Under federal and state law, employees are not required to take meal or rest breaks.

Can my boss force me to work overtime?

There are no legal limits on the hours that an employer can require you to work in a week. Employees must, however, be paid overtime if they work for more than 40 hours in a given week.

What Happens to My Vacation Time if I Am Fired or Quit?

In Michigan, employers are allowed to implement policies of their own as to what happens with vacation time at the point of termination. If they are silent on the issue, however, vacation time will need to be paid out.

Can my employer retaliate against me for requesting overtime pay?

It is illegal for an employer to take retaliatory actions against an employee for requesting overtime pay or taking legal action to obtain this pay.

Should I be paid for my on-call time?

On-call conditions can vary from one company to another. Whether the “on-call” time is considered hours worked depends on whether it is restricted or non-restricted.

Contact Us at Fieger Law

These questions are all valid and deserve the right answers. Our dedicated and experienced employment lawyers at Fieger Law can provide you with the correct answers to these questions and more.

We are knowledgeable in the field of employment law, and we feel a responsibility to advocate for hard-working employees who aren’t getting their due. We can help determine whether you need a lawyer or if your case can be resolved with a simple conversation. Dedicating our time, services, and energy to you is our ultimate goal.

For all wage and hour questions and concerns, contact our offices today by calling 800.294.6637.


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