When you think about getting hired for a new job, you probably think about it in a pretty straightforward fashion -- as many do. There's a job opening and you interview for it. If the interviewer liked your answers, you get called back for more interviews and discussions. If all goes well, then within a few weeks you will be celebrating a new position at a new company. Congratulations!
Being paid a fair wage for work is one of the fundamental expectations workers in the U.S. have. Between minimum wage laws, child labor laws and the various rules for worker categorization, there are many protections in place to ensure that employers are paying people properly.
If you are a non-exempt worker in Florida, you are entitled to receive overtime pay for any hours in excess of 40 that you work in a regular workweek. This means that you should receive time-and-a-half pay for every hour starting with that forty-first hour.
If you work more than 40 hours a week and are a non-exempt employee, you should expect to receive overtime pay for your extra hours. Federal laws are in place to protect and enforce overtime laws, and there are very strict guidelines on who can and cannot be considered a non-exempt employee.
Readers of this blog should be aware that workers in Florida and all across the U.S. have rights that need protection. These rights ensure we are treated and compensated fairly.
There has been a lot of discussion and news about minimum wage changes recently. States across the U.S. have raised minimum wages while politicians butt heads over whether or not to increase the federal limit.
Florida is flooded with restaurants and bars, thanks in large part to the fact that so many parts of the state attract high numbers of tourists. Because of this, residents all across Fort Lauderdale have likely spent some amount of time working as a server, bartender, host or cook.