Wage Payment, Hours, And Breaks At Work
Learn about your issue
This category covers issues an employee may have with how much they are getting paid, if they are getting adequate overtime, if employers are requiring workers to clock out during breaks, if the employer is paying less than the minimum wage, or if there are other claims/problems around the amount paid for the hours worked. This might include topics like 'wage theft', when workers are not being paid what is owed to them.
Disaster Employment and Unemployment
This helps people whose employment or self-employment gets interrupted as part of a disaster. The loss or result of unemployment must be the result of a major disaster. This covers how to apply for disaster unemployment benefits. This also covers what wage theft is, your right to fair wage pay, and what to do if you are not being paid fair wages as a result of a disaster.
Employee or Independent Contractor?
This resource breaks down the differences between employees and independent contractors.
Equal Pay/Equal Compensation Discrimination in Employment
Do you feel you have been discriminated against in a workplace because you were not given equal pay? This resource goes over equal pay/equal compensation discrimination and the process to file an equal pay/equal compensation claim.
Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) Deductions From Wages for Uniforms and Other Facilities
Your employer's deductions may violate the law.
Information About the Federal Minimum Wage
Learn about the federal minimum wage provision. The federal minimum wage for covered nonexempt employees is $7.25 per hour effective July 24, 2009. The federal minimum wage provisions are contained in the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Many states also have minimum wage laws. Where an employee is subject to both the state and federal minimum wage laws, the employee is entitled to the higher of the two minimum wages. Various minimum wage exceptions apply under specific circumstances to workers with disabilities, full-time students, youth under age 20 in their first 90 consecutive calendar days of employment, tipped employees and student-learners.
Labor Law Resources
This resource has a directory of different departments and agencies that can help you learn about labor laws and how they might apply to you.
Louisiana Civil Legal Navigator
Not sure where to start your legal research? Try the Louisiana Civil Legal Navigator. Answer a few questions about yourself and your situation to get customized legal information, local court forms, referrals to legal aid, and more. Available for Divorce, Child Custody, Employment Law, and private Landlord-Tenant Law.
Tipped Employees Under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)
Do you work for tips? Not sure if your employer is paying you what you're owed? This Fact Sheet may answer your questions.
Unpaid Wages, Including Sample Demand Letter
This resource has general information and FAQs on Unpaid Wages, a sample demand letter to your employer, plus a link to a program you can use to automatically create an unpaid wages demand letter. Just answer a few questions and your letter will be generated. This program does not provide legal advice.
Wage and Hour Laws
The U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD) has developed the “Know Your Rights” video series in English and Spanish to provide workers with useful basic information in different scenarios that workers encounter in the workplace. The videos provide valuable basic information to correct common misinformation, such as what the federal minimum wage is; when overtime pay is due; when an employer has to pay an employee; whether off the clock work is compensable or not; who is an employee and who is an independent contractor; what rights young workers have; whether seasonal workers are subject to wage and hour laws or not; and how and what is needed to file a complaint with WHD.
Wages and Hours Worked: Child Labor Protections
This resource describes the Federal laws that are designed to protect the educational opportunities of minors and to prohibit their employment in jobs that are harmful to their health and well‑being.
Wages and the Fair Labor Standards Act
The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) establishes minimum wage, overtime pay, recordkeeping, and youth employment standards affecting employees in the private sector and in Federal, State, and local governments. Covered nonexempt workers are entitled to a minimum wage of not less than $7.25 per hour effective July 24, 2009. Overtime pay at a rate not less than one and one-half times the regular rate of pay is required after 40 hours of work in a workweek.