Most worker's rights derive authority from the federal Fair Labor Standards Act ("FLSA") or its state equivalent. These laws generally cover the following most commonly addressed issues:
For most employees, the current federal minimum wage is $7.25 per hour. The state equivalents vary. Minnesota's minimum wage is currently $6.15 per hour for employers whose gross annual sales or business is $625,000.00 or more. Some exceptions, such as for tipped employees, applies to each minimum.
Employers are not required by either federal law or Minnesota law to provide vacation benefits to employees.
Both Minnesota and federal law requires overtime to be paid at the rate of at least one and half times an employee's normal hourly rate. Under federal law, work after 40 hours in a week qualifies as overtime. Under Minnesota law, work after 48 hours in a week qualifies as overtime.
The relevant laws also govern child labor standards and other important issues. If you are an employer or employee engaged in a wage or hour dispute, contact a WLG attorney today to schedule a consultation.