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Understanding differential pay

Many in Fort Lauderdale define a workday as beginning at around 9:00 a.m. and continuing until 5:00 p.m. Indeed, this is standard work week recognized by most. Yet countless people work outside of these hours, plying their trades in the evening or late night. Working such a schedule an exact a physical and psychological toll on a person, yet there are some industries that demand that their practitioners be available at all times. 

Can I refuse to take lunch breaks?

Rules about lunch and meal breaks vary from workplace to workplace, or even from state to state. As a result, it can be complicated for workers to navigate the specific rules at their given place of employment. One common question concerns whether it's permissible for a worker to refuse a lunch break. The Balance aims to answer this and other questions regarding the legality of lunch and meal breaks for workers. 

What is the status of the proposed minimum wage increase?

As a worker in Florida, you may be aware of a movement to increase the national minimum wage to $15 per hour. Since the current minimum wage in the United States is $7.25, this would represent a dramatic change, more than doubling the current minimum. While once regarded as unfeasible, even quixotic, CNN reports that the Raise the Wage Act recently reached the congressional floor. 

Underpayment and other examples of mistreatment

Many people wake up in the morning and prepare for a long day ahead, in which they will strive to perform their job duties to the best of their ability and earn enough money to support themselves. Unfortunately, not all of these hard-working people are treated fairly by their employers. There are many examples of wage and hour violations that we have covered, and in this post, we will look into underpaid wages and other examples of employer wrongdoing. Sadly, many employees are not paid what they are owed, and some do not even realize it.

Can a manager share my tips?

Tipper workers earn every dollar they make by providing fast and efficient service to customers. This is why's it's so distressing to consider a manager or supervisor laying claim to any of these tips. Fortunately, recent legislation has made sure this practice does not occur, thereby protecting tipped workers. However, tip-pooling with traditionally non-tipped staff is permitted, according to Eater

Landscaping company guilty of wage and hour violations

Many workers in Florida, and in many other parts of the country, work above and beyond the standard 40-hour work week. In accordance with regulations set by the U.S. Department of Labor, employees who work over 40 hours a week are entitled to overtime pay. Employers are responsible for keeping track of employee’s hours and paying any overtime owed to workers.Yet, in some cases, company’s may try to avoid paying extra wages to workers, which could end in a hefty fine.

Are you entitled to overtime pay?

The next time you see a Ford driving down the streets of Fort Lauderdale, you can thank its founder for your current work schedule. Prior to the federal government routinely tracking labor conditions in the U.S., stories (albeit unverifiable) had factory workers in the U.S. working seven days a week for up to 100 hours per week. Henry Ford has the first major name in business to push for the standard 40-hour work week. The Fair Labor Standards Act made that the officially recognized work week schedule in 1940.

How many hours can a 16-year-old work in a week?

If you are an employer or parent of a teen in Florida, then you should make sure to read and understand the hour restrictions for teen employees. Most teenagers start looking for their first job around the age of 16, so knowing the law for this age is a good place to start.

Misclassification as an independent contractor is often costly

Flexibility and control are among the many perks of being an independent contractor in Florida. However, if your role and responsibilities resemble those of a full-time employee and you lack the independence of a contractor, reclassification may be necessary. This can have significant financial repercussions. At The Law Office of Michelle Cohen Levy, P.A., we have experience reviewing employment contracts to determine whether workplace responsibilities and requirements are overreaching for a contractor role.

What is the Bacon-Davis Act?

A natural tendency that you may engage in when connecting with others in your same line of work in Fort Lauderdale may be to compare your salaries. Large discrepancies in pay between competing companies within the same industry might prompt you to question who sets the market for your services? Many assume that wages are regulated. This may come from some assuming that Florida has a prevailing wage law. 

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