As is the case with minimum wage, most states enforce regulations related to overtime and labor law. It is important to take both federal and state law in mind when determining if an employer may be violating labor laws and owe you compensation.
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Some states do not have their own overtime pay and labor law, so those in the following states are governed only by federal laws:
- South Dakota
- South Carolina
The following states have specific labor laws and overtime laws:
- New Mexico
- North Dakota
- West Virginia
- North Carolina
- New York
- New Hampshire
- Rhode Island
- New Jersey
- Puerto Rico
If your state’s labor and overtime law is more generous or more inclusive in relation to overtime earnings, employers must adhere to that law, even if the employer is already meeting the minimum requirements enforced by federal law. However, for those who reside in a state where the overtime and labor law is less demanding than federal law, the employer must at least comply with the federal law and meet the minimums and satisfy all federal employment law requirements.
For states that implement overtime and labor laws, the laws generally note that certain employees working more than forty hours in a workweek or eight hours in a workday are entitled to a wage of time and a half more than their normal rate for any hour worked beyond this amount. The state laws are similar to the federal law—however, each state has its own provisions and specifications, and its vital to check the specifications in your state.
If you would like to learn more regarding the labor and overtime laws in your state, contact an employment law attorney today!