Some Tennessee workers may be looking forward to the holidays for an extra day or two off to spend with their families. Others, however, may have to work on those days. Difficult as it may be for them to have to go to work, they may initiate wage disputes if their paychecks do not reflect holiday pay.
Everyone who works in Tennessee or elsewhere in the country has a classification. This classification has a tremendous impact on the worker's rights, especially regarding salary and benefits. The laws related to employee classification are complex, and if an employer misclassifies his or her workers, it could lead to wage and hour disputes, among other issues.
A new report by the American Association of University Women reveals that not much has improved for women in the workforce despite an outcry for change. Pay ratios between men and women in comparable jobs have narrowed only a negligible amount since 2000, meaning men as a whole earn about $500 billion more than women. Even with declining unemployment, the gap between gender salaries has not closed, and not all states have strong laws protecting women from unfair wages.
Having a love-hate relationship with money is something that many people in Tennessee and elsewhere struggle with. They may hate that they never seem to have enough money, but love that it allows them to provide for themselves and their families. When it turns out that employers are not properly compensating workers, that love-hate relationship could turn into wage and hour disputes.
Most people in Tennessee think they would know if someone were stealing from them. However, some thieves are slick and prey on those who may be vulnerable or lack the knowledge to realize they have been victimized. Wage theft is one example of stealing that is often too subtle to be recognized as theft, and the workers who are most often victims are those in food services.
Every state has its rules governing the amount of time employers are required to provide for their workers to rest and eat. Rest breaks and meal breaks are not obligated by every state, but some, such as Tennessee, do require meal breaks for workers. It is not uncommon for employees and their bosses to face wage and hour disputes regarding these breaks. There are important facts to understand about the law in order for workers to recognize when an employer is denying them their rights.
For many, finding a job right out of high school or college is not part of the plan. Some choose to find work that provides a different kind of experience than the usual retail or corporate world offers. Being a nanny is one attractive way to earn money and gain experience for those who love children and may be considering a career in education or child care. However, it is not always easy to find a family that knows and is willing to follow the laws that protect nannies from wage theft.
People spend a few minutes doing little things all day long. At the end of the day, they often wonder where the time went. A little time spent waiting for traffic lights, watching commercials or playing just one more game on one's phone adds up to many minutes or even hours. If a Tennessee worker spends the day doing tasks that take just a few minutes, it may not be such a big deal, unless those tasks are completed off the clock. One state has clarified a wage and hour dispute regarding off-the-clock assignments at a national coffee chain.
When a Tennessee worker is struggling to support a family or to save money for a better life, every dollar counts. Hourly workers in particular may find it a struggle to make ends meet, especially if their employers take advantage of them. While the law protects workers from unfair wage policies, unscrupulous employers may take advantage of workers' lack of knowledge of those labor laws. Recently in another state, a wage and hour dispute brought justice to hundreds of workers whose boss regularly violated their rights.
Overtime hours may not be attractive to a Tennessee worker who has already spent 40 hours doing heavy, manual labor. This is why overtime pay is an important incentive and one that is protected by law. The Fair Labor Standards Act establishes guidelines to prevent employers from taking advantage of their employees by mandating time-and-a-half pay for hours worked beyond 40 each week. Unfortunately, some organizations violate FLSA and force their workers into wage disputes.