Arizona Wage & Hour Law

We are fortunate as Americans that federal and state laws protect us from having to work in horrible conditions for little pay. Unfortunately, not all employers comply with those laws, and you may need the help of a lawyer to ensure you get paid what you are owed for your hard work. "Wage and hour laws" govern the minimum amount someone may earn per hour worked, when an employee must be paid overtime, and other conditions about when and how much a person can be required to work. In addition to federal requirements that apply to employers and employees throughout the United States, each state has its own wage and hour laws, which often set higher standards that the federal laws. For instance, the minimum wage required to be paid to Arizona employees is more that that required under federal law.

In addition to minimum wage requirements, the federal Fair Labor Standards Act ("FLSA") establishes requirements about the payment of overtime wages to most employees who work more than forty hours during a workweek. In some cases, however, employees may be classified as exempt from the overtime requirements of the FLSA, in which case they do not have to be paid overtime. It is unfortunately fairly common that employees are improperly classified as exempt and not paid for overtime when they should be.

Employees should be cognizant of the wage and hour laws that apply to them, and discuss any questions they may have with and experienced employment lawyer.