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Wage and Hour

Wage and Hour

MINIMUM WAGE

Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Minnesota, West Virginia and D.C. have enacted minimum wage increases so far in 2014. As of April 14, 2014, 38 states have considered minimum wage issues. In 34 of those states and D.C., the bills called for increases to the state minimum wage.

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PREVAILING WAGE

Prevailing wage laws require that wages paid on public works projects, such as construction of public buildings, roads or bridges, be calculated to reflect local wages for similar jobs. Prevailing wages are required for all federally-funded public works projects and 32 states have their own prevailing wage laws.

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FEDERAL COMPLIANCE GUIDE

bulls-eyeThe Federal Fair Labor Standards Act sets standards for wages and overtime. It exempts administrative and professional employees, and some types of workers, such as agricultural and domestic workers.

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CHILD LABOR

teenagersState and federal laws on child labor seek to protect minors by prohibiting work in dangerous occupations, limiting their work hours, and ensuring their attendance at school.

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OVERVIEW | WAGE AND HOUR

WAGE AND HOUR ISSUES

The Federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) provides for minimum wages and overtime requirements for public and private sector employees covered under the Act. The FLSA does not require paid vacations, sick leave or other benefits. Many states have adopted their own minimum wages, often set higher than the current federal minimum wage of $7.25. In addition, some states have established their own thresholds for overtime or premium pay. Child labor standards are set by the federal government but work permits are issued by the states and many states have adopted their own requirements for child labor.

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