Georgia’s Wage and Hour Laws | What You Should Know

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Georgia’s Wage and Hour Laws | What You Should Know


The Fair Labor and Standards Act protects many employees in the United States by setting the minimum wage and other wage standards in the country. However, many employers are exempt from the law. To learn more about the Fair Labor and Standards Act and the wage and hour laws that apply to employers in Georgia, continue reading. If your employer is not abiding by the Fair Labor and Standards Act, you may have a valid claim against them. For assistance with your claim, do not hesitate to reach out to our Atlanta wage and hour law attorney.

What is the Fair Labor and Standards Act?

The federal minimum wage is dictated by the Fair Labor and Standards Act. At the present, the federal minimum wage is $7.25 an hour. However, not all jobs are covered under the Fair Labor and Standards Act including employees who accept tips who are only required to receive a minimum wage of $2.13 per hour. Certain other jobs will only require workers to receive $5.15 an hour.

Workers exempt from minimum wage laws include:

  • Babysitters
  • Fishermen
  • Newspaper delivery employees
  • Workers with disabilities
  • Newspaper employees of limited circulation newspapers
  • Switchboard operators

How are overtime laws regulated in Georgia?

Employees that work over 40 hours per week must earn 1.5 times the amount of their usual pay for every hour worked under the Fair Labor and Standards Act. This holds true for every hour that employees work on holidays. However, certain employees do not qualify for overtime pay including the following:

  • Babysitters
  • Livestock auction workers
  • Truck, trailer, boat, and aircraft salespeople
  • Retail employees who receive commission
  • Movie theater employees
  • Airline employees
  • Certain farmworkers on small farms
  • Newspaper delivery employees
  • Television station employees in small markets
  • Taxicab drivers
  • Police officers working in smaller, public police departments with fewer than 5 officers
  • Buyers of agricultural products

If your employer is breaking Georgia’s wage and hour laws, it is important that you retain the services of an experienced attorney who will assist you in taking action against your employer. To discuss your case with our experienced Atlanta wage and hour law attorney, do not hesitate to reach out to our firm today. Our legal team is prepared to fight for your rights as an employee in Georiga. Give us a call today.


If you need help with an employment law matter in the state of Georgia, you can count on Ben Barrett Law to effectively represent your interests. With over 30 years of experience, Attorney Barrett has the skill and experience necessary to help you navigate the complexities of any employment law matter you may be facing. To discuss your case with a legal team you can trust, please do not hesitate to contact Ben Barrett Law today.

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