If you’re at odds with your employer over pay, family leave, workplace safety or some other issue, you may feel like the boss has all the power. Fortunately, federal law is on your side on many issues, affording you rights and guaranteeing fair treatment. At the Barnes Law Firm LLC, our employment law team helps workers assert these rights to obtain fair compensation and court orders for equitable relief. Throughout the greater Kansas City area, we have a strong reputation for effective representation and positive results.
Starting in the early 20th century, Congress began passing legislation to address labor injustices in U.S. industry to provide workers with a wide range of federal protections. The principal laws are:
If you suspect that your rights under any federal employment law are being jeopardized or denied, you can trust our knowledgeable and determined lawyers to fight for justice on your behalf.
The Fair Labor Standards Act ensures a number of rights for employees of certain enterprises having workers engaged in interstate commerce, producing goods for interstate commerce, or handling, selling or otherwise working on goods or materials that have been moved in or produced for such commerce. Among the FLSA’s protections are:
Employees paid on a non-hourly basis — such as annual salary, piece work, tips or commissions — are still covered by the FLSA, though special rules apply in calculating their overtime pay.
Generally, employees covered by the FLSA qualify for overtime. However, certain employees are considered exempt, usually because they are on salary rather than working for an hourly wage. But the mode of pay is not the only factor. The U.S. Department of Labor designates specific classes of workers as fully or partially exempt, including executives, administrative personnel, outside salespeople, highly skilled computer-related employees and licensed professionals.
Although the FLSA has been around for 80 years, some employers still try to play fast and loose with its wage and overtime requirements. Common ploys include:
If you have questions about wage and hour, overtime or any of your employment rights, our attorneys are ready to provide answers and aggressive representation.
The Barnes Law Firm LLC advocates strongly for workers who have had their federal rights violated in the greater Kansas City area. Please call 816-221-4321 or contact us online to schedule a free initial consultation. Our office is conveniently located at 919 W 47th Street in Kansas City, Missouri.