One of the oldest employment laws is the
Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), a law enacted in the 1930s setting forth several critical employment
provisions, including certain minimum wage and overtime standards intended
to protect workers. The current minimum wage is $7.25 an hour. Had minimum
wage kept pace with inflation, it would be above $10.00 today.
In general, minimum wage has received wide spread support. In fact, just
a few years ago the Fair Minimum Wage Act of 2007 show passed Congress
with strong bi-partisan support. As National Employment Law Project director
Christine Owens states, “(today) Americans overwhelmingly support
a minimum wage rate that will help working families make ends meet and
provide the boost the economy needs for full–recovery.”
Ensuring workers receive minimum wage is as crucial now as when originally
enacted. In addition to helping individuals earn a living and become self-sufficient,
it benefits our communities. By increasing the amounts of money families
earn, they have more money to spend on local businesses in their communities,
which in turn increases the local tax base. Having a federal minimum wage
reduces the need for social services, which cost taxpayers money. Minimum
wage is also good for businesses. Studies have shown that ensuring a fair
minimum wage reduces absenteeism and improves moral among employees, leading
to higher productivity.
However, despite legislation such as the FLSA guaranteeing workers a right
to minimum wage, studies show that 2.6 million Americans earn less than
the federal standard.
If you believe you have been denied all the compensation you are entitled
to, either as a result of the failure to pay minimum wage or overtime,
you may be able to bring a claim for a violation of the FLSA.
For more information, contact
The Buckley Law Firm, LLC, a Georgia law firm dedicated to protecting the rights of employees.