Washington, D.C. Employment Law Firm: Employees’ Wage and Hour Rights
The hours worked and wages received by an employee are at the core of the employment relationship. In order to determine the wages and other benefits a particular employee is entitled to, three main sources must be consulted:
- Federal law (namely, the Fair Labor Standards Act);
- State law; and
- Employment contract (or employer policy).
Federal law (FLSA) generally regulates wages and hours on a rather broad level, such has setting minimum wages and requiring overtime pay. State laws (for example, Washington, D.C.) fill in some of the gaps left by FLSA, by providing some paid time off, increasing minimum wage, and creating other requirements for the employer.
An employment contract between the employee and the employer, or the employer’s policies, may further define the overtime pay, vacation pay, holiday pay, severance pay, and many other aspects of compensation. Ultimately, both state and federal laws have left much freedom for the employee and employer to negotiate the terms of compensation. Please remember, however, that an employer cannot diminish your rights under federal or state laws.
Washington, D.C. employment lawyers at Klaproth Law will help you negotiate wage and hour provisions with your employer, and enforce your compensation rights required by applicable laws and the employment contract.