Employment lawyers, like the ones at Leeds Brown Law, P.C., devote much of their practice to representing workers who file unpaid wage claims against their employers. You may be surprised at how many employees have to fight to get the money they have rightfully earned. Throughout the entire New York City metropolitan area, including Long Island,, we help clients understand their workplace rights and how to enforce them when employers do not fulfill their legal obligations.
The laws that govern wages are complicated, and there are many. There are rules and regulations that cover nearly every single aspect of employment compensation and workplace conduct. Even some of the most basic of these rules are difficult to understand. For example, the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) is the federal law that establishes for workers the rights to receive overtime pay and minimum wages. New York State Labor Laws set a minimum wage that is different from the FLSA. How do you know which one applies? Is your employer calculating your paycheck correctly?
At Leeds Brown, unpaid wage attorneys use decades of experience to help determine if you are getting all of the money you deserve at your place of employment. Calculating minimum wage is not always as easy as it seems and if you are not receiving the proper amount, it can affect other things like overtime pay. Our employment law professionals can help you navigate an unpaid wage claim against your employer and ensure that you recover compensation that may include back pay and other remedies to which you may be entitled. We have earned ourselves an outstanding reputation for providing hands-on, high-quality, compassionate representation to employees in the New York area and welcome the opportunity to speak with you about securing your fair minimum wage.
The FLSA is the federal law establishing the national minimum wage. The minimum wage is the lowest wage most workers in this country can earn, although there are exceptions to this rule for certain industries and categories of workers.
The federal minimum wage is $7.25 per hour.
States are free to set their own minimum wages provided they are not lower than the national rate. For states with no individual minimum wage rules, the amount is automatically the same as the federal wage.
Many states have enacted minimum wage rates that are significantly higher than the federal one, and the higher rate is the one that prevails. If a state has a minimum wage that is greater than $7.25, employers must pay employees the higher of the two. If a city or other locality has an even higher minimum wage, the employer must pay the highest rate.
Minimum wage changes went into effect throughout much of New York on December 31, 2016, and will continue to occur yearly for several years. The minimum wages to which you are entitled to may depend on the nature of your work, the size of the business you work for and where your place of employment is located.
In most of New York State, the minimum wage is $9.70 per hour. In Nassau, Suffolk (Long Island) and Westchester, the minimum wage is $10.00 per hour. In New York City, the minimum wage is $10.50 per hour or $11.00 per hour, if your employer has more than ten employees. Confusing? Yes; especially when there are additional increases scheduled through 2021.
Another change that occurred on December 31, 2016, was to the minimum wage for fast food workers. New York employees of large chains like Chipotle, Starbucks, Dunkin Donuts, and MacDonald’s must earn a minimum wage of $10.75 per hour. For employees of such large fast food establishments working in New York City, however, the minimum wage is $12 per hour.
Did you know that there have been changes to the minimum wage or that you may earn different wages depending on where you work? Are you receiving the proper amount? Your employer may be unaware of as well. Attorneys like the ones at Leeds Brown are working hard to file unpaid wage claims to ensure workers are being compensated in a manner that complies with the new laws.
The appropriate minimum wage for employees across the nation remains a subject of hot debate. As business owners try to turn a profit, some may seek ways to avoid the legal obligation to pay their workers fairly. Some employers may be unaware of new rules and regulations and others may not have the resources to pay higher wages. But you are still entitled to enforce your right to receive legal minimum wages. If your employer does not pay you at least the higher of the state or federal minimum hourly wage, it is a violation of the law, and you can seek recourse.
You deserve to get paid fairly for your work. Leeds Brown assists clients throughout New York to help make employers accountable for violating minimum wage laws.
The more information you have, the better equipped you are to protect yourself from an employer who refuses to pay you your hard earned money. If you think your employer is not paying you the proper minimum wage, you may wish to consult employment law attorneys at Leeds Brown. Our firm knows how to handle overtime, minimum wage, and other wage theft claims. We can negotiate a fair settlement on your behalf or represent you in court if that is what it takes to secure your money. We have a thorough understanding of wage and hour laws on both the federal and state levels which helps us formulate the best path to take to secure the outcome you seek.
Contact Leeds Brown, New York’s experienced unpaid wage lawyers if you have questions or concerns about the wages or treatment you are receiving at work. We are fully equipped to handle all employmentrelated claims. You can reach us 24/7 at 1-800-585-4658.