What are Georgia’s Wage & Hour Laws?

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What are Georgia’s Wage & Hour Laws?

In the United States, many employees are protected under the Fair Labor and Standards Act. This federal law sets the minimum wage and other wage standards in the United States in order to protect employees. That being said, many employers are exempt from this law. If your employer is not abiding by the Fair Labor and Standards Act, you may be able to take legal action. Read on to learn more.

What is the Fair Labor and Standards Act?

The Fair Labor and Standards Act clearly dictates the federal minimum wages, which, at the present, is $7.25 an hour. That being said, not all jobs are covered under the Fair Labor and Standards Act. Certain jobs, such as those where employees accept tips, are only required to receive a minimum wage of $2.13 per hour. Other jobs only require workers to receive $5.15 per hour as well. Workers exempt from minimum wage laws include:

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

How Are Overtime Laws Regulated in Georgia?

Under the Fair Labor Standards Act, covered employees that work more than 40 hours per week must earn 1.5 times the amount of their usual pay for every hour worked. This is also true for each hour that employees work on holidays. That being said, certain employees do not qualify for overtime pay, and some of those employees are as follows:

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

If you believe that your employer is breaking Georgia’s wage & hour laws, our firm is here to help. Reach out today to discuss your case with an experienced employment law attorney.


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