What are the Wage and Hour Laws in Georgia?

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What are the Wage and Hour Laws in Georgia?

Employers in Georgia, as well as all other states in the U.S., are legally obligated to abide by all protections for employees set out in the Fair Labor and Standards Act. This is a federal law that determines wage and hour laws for all workers in America. The law establishes the federal minimum wage, as well as overtime hour standards. Unfortunately, there are times where certain employers will look to violate this law to save money, thereby hurting their employees financially. This is unacceptable. If you believe this has happened to you, you must read on and reach out to our knowledgeable Georgia employment rights attorney to learn more about wage and hour laws in the U.S. and how our firm can help you. Here are some of the questions you may have:

What does the Fair Labor and Standards Act do?

The Fair Labor and Standards Act regulates the federal minimum wage, which is $7.25 an hour. However, you should understand that certain jobs are not covered under the FLSA, and those jobs are only required to pay their workers a minimum wage of $5.15 per hour, and in other businesses, such as those where workers receive tips, they are only required to receive a minimum wage of $2.13 per hour. Workers exempt from minimum wage laws are as follows:

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

How does the Fair Labor Standards Act regulate overtime laws?

The Fair Labor Standards Act states that employees covered under the act who work over 40 hours per week should receive 1.5 times the amount of their usual pay, and also on holidays. However, various employees do not qualify for overtime pay under the FLSA, including:

  • 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

That being said, if you think that your employer is violating the federal wage and hour laws, our experienced Georgia employment rights attorney is here to fight for your rights 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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