Wage & Hour Laws Archives

The facts on denied breaks in the workplace

With the everyday need for breaks from our work routine to eat a meal or use the bathroom, we might think Missouri employees are guaranteed by law the right to have meal and bathroom breaks in the workplace. However, the truth is Missouri employers do have leeway in curbing workplace breaks, but the extent to which is somewhat complicated.

What is the difference between an employee and IC?

If you hire workers for your business in Missouri, you may be tempted to call them independent contractors. Doing so means you do not have to pay employment taxes on them, so it can save you a bit of money. However, you have to be very careful about classifying a worker as an IC over an employee. There are strict rules that define each type of worker.

What are some common questions about minimum wage?

As a worker in Missouri, you have the right to be paid a minimum wage by most employers under the law. However, there are exceptions and variations to the minimum wage laws based on your employer and the type of work you do. It can be confusing. It may help to learn a little more about the law through looking at common questions.

Is the fight for $15 in trouble?

You may have heard of the Fight for $15 in Missouri. This nationwide movement is trying to change minimum wage in the country to $15 an hour. There has always been concern from those opposing the movement that it would raise the cost of living and put smaller businesses in bad financial situations. According to Forbes, these concerns are becoming a reality in some places and making the future of Fight for $15 uncertain.

Know your wage and hour rights

If you are employed in Missouri, you and your co-workers may have questions about Missouri’s various wage and hour laws. At Hollingshead & Dudley, we believe that you deserve fair treatment and a hospitable environment in which to do your job.

What are my rights for work breaks?

While many workers feel that they should be entitled to a break for lunch or a rest from work, the truth is that those short periods of time off are governed by state laws. Not all managers and supervisors are clear about these policies and you may be wondering whether your employer's decisions are in line with those required by the government. We at Hollingshead and Dudley Trial Lawyers have detailed what the state of Missouri says about this topic so you can be sure that you are being given honest and fair treatment at work.

Don’t be a victim of misclassification

Most workers in Missouri are protected by certain federal and state regulations if they are employees. However, rules such as the wage and hour law that requires employers to pay the minimum wage do not apply to independent contractors. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, if an employer claims that an employee is an independent contractor, it is misclassification. Not only is this illegal, it can cause the worker significant financial hardship.

What workers should know about their wages

As an employee in Missiouri, it is critical that you understand your rights and information regarding the amount you are paid for your time and efforts. Federal and state laws are in place to protect the rights of people who are employed in the state. Not all employers are required to follow certain parts of the statutes, however, making it crucial that people know what the laws are and how they pertain to their employment.

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