What Can I Do If I’m Not Getting Overtime Wages?

Apr 23, 2019
By Peter Friedmann

You would not normally suspect that employers would want to cheat their employees out of earned wages; however, it unfortunately does occur in the workplace. It especially common to see an employer refuse to pay overtime wages to employees even though they are mandated to do so in certain instances. There are a few extenuating circumstances in which employees are not entitled to overtime pay. However, if you believe you are entitled to overtime pay and have not been receiving...

What to Know About Collective Actions Under the FLSA

Jun 14, 2018
By Peter Friedmann

The Fair Labor and Standards Act is a federal law that sets nationwide rules for a minimum hourly wage, overtime eligibility, work hours, working age, and notifying workers of their rights. Grounds for a collective action under the FLSA exist when a group of similarly situated employees have their rights violated in similar ways, usually because of non-payment of wages or overtime pay. Those two sentences deserve a lot of explanation. If you have specific questions, you can speak with...

Do Tipped Employees Get Paid Overtime?

Oct 13, 2017
By Peter Friedmann

Yes. A tipped employee who works more than 40 hours during a workweek must receive overtime pay. The way this is calculated gets a little complicated, leaving plenty of room for an employer to try to deny overtime pay to a person who accepts tips as part of their cash compensation. Recognizing that an employer is violating federal and state overtime laws requires knowing 1) who meets the legal definition for “tipped employee” 2) what the minimum wage for tipped...

What Does It Mean to Be Exempt From FLSA?

Nov 07, 2016
By Peter Friedmann
Unpaid Overtime lawyer Columbus Ohio

Being “exempt from the FLSA” means that an employee is not legally entitled to overtime pay, no matter how many hours he or she works. The federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) sets the laws for which workers qualify for extra hourly pay once they have worked 40 hours during a workweek. The FLSA laws also set the U.S. minimum wage, and state that children younger than 14 cannot work for wages unless certain conditions apply. (more…)

OVERTIME: INDEPENDENT CONTRACTOR V. EMPLOYEE

Aug 04, 2016
By Peter Friedmann

One of the largest issues for employers is whether to classify individuals as employees or independent contractors.  Classification as an employee or independent contractor effects the way an individual is paid and dictates whether an individual is protected by the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).  Employees are protected by the FLSA, therby mandating employers to comply with its provisions regarding minimum wage and overtime pay.  Employers decide whether a person is an employee or independent contractor by analyzing his or...