Tennessee employees have right to be expect fair pay for work they have done. There are both state and federal laws in place that are intended to protect the rights of workers and ensure that employers pay fairly, but employees may still find themselves involved in wage and hour disputes. A good example of this is a popular gas station chain that was recently ordered to pay employees more than $1 million for unpaid overtime.
Amazon is one of the most popular retailers in the country, and many Tennessee consumers use this online platform. Once per year, the company has a special shopping day, Prime Day, where it highlights sales on certain products and bargain deals that a shopper can't get at other times. It's wildly popular with consumers, but after this year's Prime Week, the company is facing wage and hour disputes.
A Tennessee senior living facility recently experienced legal trouble over how it classified certain types of employees. The people who work for the facility as sales employees were classified as exempt, which means they were not eligible for overtime and other benefits. After wage and hour disputes and an investigation, the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division ruled that these workers are nonexempt.
Not getting paid can cause a number of problems for workers. In some cases, a slight hiccup with payroll may result in missing compensation or a late paycheck, but in other instances, employers may fail to properly pay their workers consistently. Not only can this cause unnecessary hardship for workers, but it can also violate wage and hour law.
People who do a job for an employer deserve fair pay for what they have done. However, there are many people who apply for internship positions in exchange for experience, mentoring and future opportunities, not necessarily a paycheck. There are times when an internship should really be a paying job, however, and this could potentially lead to wage and hour disputes in the future.
Having a child is a momentous occasion in a woman's life. Many women here in Tennessee and elsewhere decide to breastfeed their newborns, which can become a complex process once they return to work. Expressing breast milk can become a frustrating and contentious process when an employer fails to provide breaks to breastfeeding mothers.
The rights and fair pay of people employed as gig workers has been in the spotlight the last few months. There has been significant debate about whether people who work in the gig economy are true employees or if they should be paid as independent contractors. This ongoing debate as led to protests, heated discussions and continued wage and hour disputes.
Most Tennessee residents work with the intention of making money. Certainly, money may not be the only goal or purpose of their work, but it is undoubtedly an outcome that they anticipate and need. As a result, when employers violate the law and fail to properly compensate workers, it is not uncommon for wage disputes to arise.
Employee classifications are important for many reasons. A Tennessee reader's specific classification determines whether he or she is eligible for certain things, such as overtime pay and a standard minimum wage. Uber, the popular rideshare company, has been dealing with wage and hour disputes with its drivers over whether they are employees of independent contractors.
Wage theft is all too common, and it affects the income of many hardworking employees in Tennessee and across the country. Anytime an employer fails to pay a worker a fair wage, it is a violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act. However, as technology increasingly becomes part of time tracking for employees, there are new ways in which employers can cheat their workers of the money they have earned, leading to wage and hour disputes.