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Wage & Hour Disputes

New Jersey Overtime Violation Lawyers

Your work may be a source of pride and enjoyment, but it is also brings the income you rely on to provide for yourself and your family, maintain your lifestyle, and give you the security you need to thrive. When your income is threatened by a wage and hour dispute, it creates stress and undue hardship. However, federal and state laws have been created to prevent employers from taking unfair advantage of their workers.

If your employer has violated wage and hour laws, it can have a serious, negative impact on your income and personal wellbeing. We’re here to help you take legal action. Contact us online or call (856) 512-1461 for a free and confidential consultation.

Entitlements

In New Jersey, the Division of Wage and Hour Compliance enforces state labor laws for minimum wage, earned sick leave, methods of wage payment, and more. By law, you are entitled to the following:

  • Minimum wage and overtime wage rate: Workers covered by the Fair Labor Standards Act are entitled to a minimum wage rate and an overtime rate. For overtime, workers are entitled to be paid time-and-a-half per hour for the actual hours worked over 40 hours, with some exceptions. Workers exempt from overtime pay include executives, administrative workers, professionals, those who work on a farm or care for livestock, and employees of a common carrier of passengers by motorbus.
  • Paid sick leave: Since October 29, 2018, New Jersey workers have been entitled to accrue one hour of paid, earned sick leave for every 30 hours worked, up to 40 hours each year. Employers can legally implement policies that offer additional leave time.
  • Unpaid or withheld wages: New Jersey law mandates the manner, time, and mode of payment, and forbids the withholding of wages for illegal deductions. For example, an illegal deduction might be cash register shortages, breakage, or spillage.
  • Fringe benefits: If your employer has agreed to provide a separate benefit packages, the New Jersey Wage Payment Law and Selected Labor Laws will enforce those benefits. This might include vacation time and personal days, holidays, and reimbursement of expenses.

Employers are bound by certain rules when it comes to paying employees. Some of those that may be relevant to you, include the following:

  • Payment method: Your employer can legally pay your wages in cash, by check, direct deposit, or by payroll debit card.
  • Pay frequency: Hourly employees must be paid at least every two weeks or more often, depending on employment contract terms.
  • Tipped employees equalization: Earnings for tipped employees, such as bartenders and waiters, must equal at least the minimum wage per hour. Although your hourly rate is up to your employer, you must earn at least the minimum wage with tips. If your tips and hourly wage do not equal minimum wage when totaled together, your employer is responsible for making up the difference.

Penalties for Failing to Follow Payday Laws in New Jersey

If you are not being paid fairly or in accordance with New Jersey law, your employer will face penalties. Violations may result in payment of back wages, along with civil or criminal action when warranted.

Our accomplished New Jersey overtime violation attorneys at Burnham Douglass Attorneys at Law have many years of experience protecting the rights of clients in all areas of employment law. We know that your dispute can have a powerful impact on your day-to-day life, and we will be there for you to answer your questions and provide responsive personal service.

To learn more, please contact us online or call us at (856) 512-1461. We would be happy to meet with you for a free and confidential consultation at one of our offices. We proudly serve clients throughout South Jersey, including those in Camden County, Burlington County, Atlantic County.

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