Overtime and Fair Labor Lawyer New York, New Jersey, Philadelphia
Labor laws establish the responsibilities and preserve the rights of workers, employers and their employees. These laws exist to protect workers from mistreatment by their employers. Unfortunately, some employers still try to take advantage of their employees. If your employer in New York (Manhattan), New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Massachusetts or elsewhere tries to violate overtime requirements or other fair labor policies, you can consult a lawyer at the Locks Law Firm for expert legal advice.
Federal minimum hourly wage standards were first established in the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) of 1938, which is periodically amended to raise the minimum wage as the cost of living increases. Many states have also established higher minimum wages to account for higher local costs of living. At the Locks Law Firm, our experienced lawyers practice in New York, Manhattan, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and throughout the Northeast. We know the overtime and fair labor laws of the different states, so a lawyer from our firm can help you understand your legal rights.
Employers are legally bound to pay at least the minimum wage to eligible employees. If your employer does not pay the minimum wage, you should consult a fair labor lawyer to discuss the best way to defend your rights.
The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) of 1938 established a standard 40-hour work week for most full-time employees. Non-exempt employees who work more than the established 40 hours are entitled to overtime pay at one-and-a-half times the normal wage. Since FLSA compliance represents an added expense to employers, some employers choose to ignore overtime pay requirements to save money.
Confusing, inadequate, or wholly absent record-keeping practices may also contribute to overtime law violations. In some cases, employers misclassify employees as exempt from overtime requirements when they should be paid overtime. A Manhattan, New York, New Jersey and Philadelphia overtime and fair labor lawyer from the Locks Law Firm can help you sort through the legal process and determine your legal rights.
If your employer has failed to pay you overtime wages, you have a limited time to act. There is a statute of limitations of two years on such overtime violations, after which you may be unable to claim compensation. Please contact our New York offices, serving New Jersey and Pennsylvania, to speak with an overtime and fair labor lawyer. Fair labor practices include overtime pay as required under the FLSA. A lawyer from the Locks Law Firm can help you if you are owed money for overtime work.
Though federal law does not require employers to offer health benefits, it does establish rules for employers that choose to do so. Employers in Manhattan, New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania who violate health-related fair labor practices may be liable for resulting damages. A lawyer from our firm will make it easier to claim compensation.
Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA) benefits allow many employees to continue receiving health care under their employers' insurance plans for a limited time after employment termination. Employers who fail to offer COBRA benefits to eligible individuals are in violation of the law.
Workers are also allowed up to 12 weeks of unpaid medical leave in cases of serious illness affecting either themselves or their families. This standard also applies in instances of childbirth, adoption, or foster care. Workers who take this leave are entitled to be restored to their original positions of employment, with all original benefits. If an employer fires, demotes, or otherwise retaliates against an employee for exercising these benefits, that employer can be sued with the help of a New York, Manhattan, New Jersey and Pennsylvania fair labor lawyer from our firm.
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Labor law (in the form of the Occupational Health and Safety Act, or OSHA) entitles workers to reasonable standards of health and safety in the workplace. In some industries, meeting these standards requires additional training, equipment, and expense. Employers occasionally try to cut corners or simply fail to adequately enforce these standards.
Workers who are exposed to benzene, asbestos, and other hazardous materials are at risk of developing a variety of serious health problems. Construction professionals are also at risk of injury from accidents on the job caused by poorly enforced safety standards. At the Locks Law Firm, serving clients throughout Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York (including Manhattan), a fair labor lawyer can assist you or a member of your family has been injured on the job.
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The law prohibits employers from discriminating based on race, gender, age, sexual orientation, religion, or similar criteria. Nevertheless, some employers discriminate against current or prospective employees. Discrimination may take the form of wrongful termination, wage discrimination, unfair promotion or raise policies, overtime-scheduling inconsistencies, or some other form of inequitable treatment.
Some employers also discriminate against “whistleblowers” – employees who report unsafe, discriminatory, criminal, or otherwise inappropriate conduct to the authorities. If you have been a victim of workplace discrimination of any kind in Manhattan, New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey or elsewhere in the Northeast, speak to a fair labor lawyer at our firm immediately.
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If you have been the victim of a labor law violation of any kind, you need expert help as quickly as possible. Residents of Manhattan, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Massachusetts or elsewhere who need aggressive overtime and fair labor representation can contact a lawyer at the Locks Law Firm
at any time. We look forward to helping you.
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Contact the Locks Law Firm in Manhattan, New York to discuss overtime and other fair labor violations with a lawyer who can help you.