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In addition to the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), each state has their own laws to govern the employers and employees working within the state. Both state and federal labor law require employees to be paid a minimum wage, and all hourly employees to be paid overtime when they work more than eight hours a day or forty hours a week. The proper overtime compensation is one and one-half times the employee’s normal hourly wage.

Some states (such as California and Oregon) also require employers to provide their workers with meal and rest breaks throughout the day. Under state law, for every half day an employee spends working, she is entitled to a paid rest break lasting at least ten minutes. For every full day worked, the employee is entitled to an unpaid meal break of at least thirty minutes. In Oregon, the law allows employers to shorten the meal break to no less than twenty minutes if they can show such a short meal break is an industry standard. They can also allow employees to eat while working, but the employees must be paid for that time. Continue reading

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Managers are often required to step in to perform all sorts of jobs. If someone is lagging, the manager is often the one that has to pick up the slack. This is fine, so long as the manager is properly paid for all of the work she performs.

Under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), all employees working in the United States are entitled to be paid at least the federal minimum wage for all hours worked. For any time spent working after eight hours a day or forty hours a week, employees must be paid one and one-half times their normal hourly rate of pay. There are some exceptions to this rule, but the Act is very specific about the types of employees that qualify for the exception.

Managers, for example, can be exempt from overtime if they earn a salary of at least $23,600, they spend the majority of their time managing other employees, and they have direct say in the hiring and firing of the employees they manage. According to a recent class action wage and hour lawsuit, this is not the case for managers who work at BJ’s restaurant. Continue reading