What is the Pennsylvania Employment Law?
Much like the federal Fair Labor Standards Act, the Pennsylvania employment law was established to defend the rights of employees working in the Keystone State. Employers are obligated to follow explicit regulations when compensating their employees.
Should an employer violate your rights, you may be entitled to compensation for all unpaid wages.
What is the Minimum Wage in Pennsylvania?
The Pennsylvania minimum wage is $7.25 per hour, identical to the federal minimum wage.
Tipped employees can be paid a minimum wage of $2.83 per hour, so long as the employee’s tips combined with the employee’s wage are higher than the state minimum wage, per hour, per pay period. If this sum is lower than the state minimum wage, the employer is expected to pay the difference.
Do Pennsylavania Employees get Overtime Pay?
It is a requirement for Pennsylvania employers to pay their eligible workers overtime if they work more than 40 hours per week. Because not all positions qualify for overtime, you may want to research your position to determine whether you are eligible for overtime pay.
More information regarding PA overtime law can be found on the Pennsylvania Department of Labor website.
Are Pennsylvania Employees Paid for Rest and Lunch Breaks?
All Pennsylvania employees are allowed a lunch break for 30 minutes after working five hours.
What to do if Your Pennsylvania Employment Rights are Violated?
If your employer owes you unpaid wages or violated your rights under the Pennsylvania employment law, start by discussing the issue with your management, your employer, or your human resources department. If you are still unable to collect the wages you are due, your next step is to contact a lawyer.
Although you may feel intimidated, pursuing your employer for unpaid wages, you are well within your rights to do so. Our attorneys are respectful, courteous, and will stand up for your rights at no cost to you. You never have to pay for our services if you have a qualifying employment law claim, which is why there is no risk involved when selecting our firm to represent your case.