The Wage and Hour Division of the U.S. Department of Labor enforces the nation’s labor laws under the Wages and the Fair Labor Standards Act . FLSA establishes minimum wage, overtime pay, record keeping, and youth employment standards affecting employees in the private sector and in Federal, State, and local governments.
Covered nonexempt workers are entitled to a minimum wage of not less than $7.25 per hour effective July 24, 2009. Overtime pay at a rate not less than one and one-half times the regular rate of pay is required after 40 hours of work in a workweek.
Wages required by the FLSA are due on the regular payday for the pay period covered. Deductions made from wages for such items as cash or merchandise shortages, employer-required uniforms, and tools of the trade, are not legal to the extent that they reduce the wages of employees below the minimum rate required by the FLSA or reduce the amount of overtime pay due under the FLSA. When violations are discovered, unpaid wages are collected on behalf of former employees who have moved on with providing a forwarding address.
If you have reason to believe you are entitled to claim unpaid or underpaid wages from a former employer, complete the form below to initiate a search: