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Don't fight the battle alone when seeking unpaid wages

You work hard, and you deserve the money you earned. This is a simple concept, yet some employers still take advantage of employees and break laws by not paying earned wages. If you believe that you are the victim of an employer keeping your earned wages from you, it is not a battle you have to fight alone.

Flagstaff's ballot challenge to minimum wage moves forward

Arizona's new higher minimum wage law continues to be a point of controversy, even among those who support raising the minimum wage. In Flagstaff, however, things are significantly more complicated, as the city recently voted to approve increasing the minimum wage on a more gradual schedule than the rest of the state. Furthermore, Flagstaff also chose to increase the minimum wage even more than the rest of the state, ultimately planning to reach $15.50 per hour in 2022.

Who is exempt from overtime pay?

Here in the United States, we often assume that overtime pay is a given for employees who choose to put in more than 40 hours per week. However, under the law, overtime pay is generally only guaranteed to lower wage earners, with exemptions that apply to many individuals who may work well over the standard 40 hours per work week.

Don't allow yourself to be misclassified by an employer

Employers are always looking for ways to save on their bottom line, and in many industries, one of the common solutions is misclassifying employees to avoid certain employer responsibilities or circumvent wage laws. Countless lawsuits have focused on employee misclassification, and the issue has become so widespread that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has allocated resources to investigating companies it suspects of large-scale misclassification in recent years.

Tip pools: Are you floating in cash or financially drowning?

Most employees hope to make a good impression and work hard while performing their necessary job duties. Often, praise and compensation allow workers to feel a sense of accomplishment that makes it easier to return to work day after day. As a person who receives tips as part of your employment compensation, you may feel a particular sense of pride when a patron leaves a considerable tip for your services.

What if my employer does not issue my final paycheck?

When you leave a job, either because you chose to leave willingly or because you were fired, it is often rather difficult to obtain you final paycheck. Unfortunately, many employers are not eager or motivated to pay you for your last portion of work, and often require some coercion. The good news is that the law is generally on the employee's side in these matters, even if it takes some legal muscle to exercise the law in your favor.

Arizona Supreme Court upholds minimum wage law

A recent challenge to Arizona's minimum wage law has been denied, in what workers' rights advocates are calling a win for workers across the state. The Arizona Supreme Court chose to reject the challenge, upholding the position that the new law is constitutional.

Is my employer exempt from paying minimum wage?

The minimum wage is intended to create a floor for how little a person can be paid per hour, ensuring that workers are not abused or paid less than a reasonable wage. Does this mean that all employers must pay minimum wage to their respective employees? No, in fact, it does note. Arizona maintains some exceptions to who must pay minimum wage, which can create particularly tricky employment situations if interpreted broadly.

Judge rules truckers are misclassified as contractors

As the global economy shifts and the "old way of doing things" becomes less and less relevant to many job sectors, the lines between who is an employee and who is an independent contractor has gotten fuzzier and fuzzier. Fortunately, the ongoing practice of misclassifying workers as contractors is seeing pushback in many sectors, and judges are continuing to side with workers against big companies who repeatedly misclassify workers to strengthen their bottom line.