Employees in the Bronx and across the US seek help from lawyers, like the ones at Leeds Brown Law, PC, when they believe that their employers are withholding wages.
The federal law that protects the rights of workers is known as the Fair Labor Standards Act or the FLSA, for short. The FLSA covers things like the legal minimum wage and overtime rules. The FLSA doesn’t forbid states or local governing bodies from also passing laws governing wages and hours. Frequently, state laws expand the legal rights of employees. However, they must not conflict with the FLSA.
There’s no question that, based on the laws, wages belong to the employees who earn them. When companies don’t pay overtime, misuse gratuities or otherwise commit wage theft, it is possible to collect the money that rightfully belongs in your pocket.
Workers seeking help filing unpaid wage claims in the Bronx, benefit from the substantial experience of the attorneys at Leeds Brown. Our firm has represented thousands of hard-working people like you. We’ve assisted victims of wage theft to obtain good results when their workers withhold their pay.
Violations of wage and hour regulations occur with alarming frequency and quite often have the greatest effect on low-wage employees. Becoming familiar with your legal rights can help you safeguard them. We are able to counsel you on how to obtain your earnings. Our lawyers at Leeds Brown can assist you to collect your pay including overtime, back pay, tips and distribution of hours pay. Whatever wages your employer owes, we can help collect.
Currently, the hourly minimum wage under national law is $7.25. States and localities in New York City, including the Bronx, have minimum wages that are above the national level. It is the higher wage that dominates in any given scenario.
Sometimes, workers do not get paid for all their hours. The results? When the time is added, their hourly rates fall well below the legal minimum. In other cases, businesses simply just offer reduced hourly pay rates knowing workers will settle for this because they need their jobs. Workers, in most cases, should get the minimum wage no matter how hard companies try to avoid paying them.
Businesses are required to pay employees for all of the hours they spend engaging in work. Overtime is the term used when workers devote additional time in the workplace. All time spent carrying out work that exceeds 40 hours is known as overtime. The overtime amount of pay is 1 1/2 times the regular amount of pay. Non-exempt employees must get this premium for all overtime hours.
You’ll find employers who will stop at nothing to avoid their overtime obligations. Misclassification of qualified workers as exempt is one-way employers try to do this. Many other businesses just will not pay money for overtime hours despite the fact that there isn’t any legitimate reason for them to refuse. Companies, for example, let employees work overtime and then won’t pay. These employers use the explanation that they aren’t required to pay overtime unless they approve the work. Some businesses declare that they do not have to pay for compulsory instruction or meetings. Businesses also can remove hours from their workers’ time history. They basically ignore any work that is greater than forty hours.
Refusing to pay overtime in these ways breaks several wage and hour regulations. Responsible employers often have to pay employees extra compensation, in addition to unpaid wages. In some cases, businesses might have to pay civil fees and penalties, liquidated damages, and attorneys’ fees.
Tip theft is a significant problem for workers in food service and hospitality. Workers in the Bronx retain their gratuities. Gratuities are not for proprietors. Gratuities are not for managers. Tips are for the workers who earn them.
At times, employers require employees to establish tip pools which include workers not permitted to get tips. Tip pools are legal only when all of the workers included are those who regularly receive tips. Servers, bartenders, and bussers in a restaurant, for example, can most likely form valid tip pools. However, they may not also have dishwashers or chefs.
Employers have the authorization to take a portion of workers’ tips to use toward transaction fees imposed for charge card transactions. This rule in the Bronx applies when customers leave tips on credit cards. The pro-rated part is not really going to employers. The money is going to the credit card companies who charge the associated fee.
Employees in the Bronx benefit from one protection fairly unique to hotel employees here. There is a presumption that when restaurants or catering halls add service charges to bills that the funds are for the employees. Additional service charges may be kept by employers if they provide specific notice of their objectives to their customers. The employers must convey to customers specifically that the money is not for tips. Whenever companies don’t provide sufficient notice, they may have to give that revenue to the employees who serviced the clients.
Companies may make use of a tip credit to pay employees the tipped minimum wage as opposed to the normal one. Computing the correct tip credit and the appropriate cash wage may be challenging. Companies often use the improper amounts and miscalculate wages. Consequently, companies keep wages that belong to their employees.
You will find unlimited ways in which businesses underpay employees. In some cases, companies commit outright violations of overtime laws. In other cases, employers won’t turn over tips that are by law a portion of their employees’ wages. Has your employer declined to pay you for any time it takes you to clean your workspace at the end of the day? This time can add up. Regardless of how small the wage violations may seem; even minimal withholdings of your earnings add up.
You might be in a position to remedy minor issues by talking to your employer. Your suspected problem could be the consequence of clerical error or innocent oversight. A simple remedy may be available. In case your employer has formal processes you must comply with, follow them.
Call lawyers at Leeds Brown Law, PC if your issue is persistent. Our experienced wage and hour attorneys help clients file unpaid wage claims in the Bronx and across the nation. We can assist when you must enforce your rights to collect the wages your employer owes. Retaliation is prohibited, and we can help if your employer has punished you for seeking to recover your legal wages. Your employer may not threaten you, fire you or steal more wages as punishment.
We are seasoned at helping employees preserve their rights and file claims for unpaid wages, overtime, and gratuities. Contact us for more information. Discover now if you have claims to collect your unpaid wages. You can reach Bronx unpaid wage lawyers at 1-800-555-4658 24/7.