UNDER THE FAIR LABOR STANDARDS ACT
THE UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF LABOR WAGE AND HOUR DIVISION
FEDERAL MINIMUM WAGE
At least 1 times your regular rate of pay for all hours worked over 40 in a workweek.
An employee must be at least 16 years old to work in most non-farm jobs and at least
18 to work in non-farm jobs declared hazardous by the Secretary of Labor.
Youths 14 and 15 years old may work outside school hours in various non-manufactur-
ing, non-mining, non-hazardous jobs under the following conditions:
No more than
• 3 hours on a school day or 18 hours in a school week;
• 8 hours on a non-school day or 40 hours in a non-school week.
Also, work may not begin before 7 a.m. or end after 7 p.m., except from June 1
through Labor Day, when evening hours are extended to 9 p.m. Different rules
apply in agricultural employment. For more information, visit the YouthRules!
Web site at www.youthrules.dol.gov.
BEGINNING JULY 24, 2007
BEGINNING JULY 24, 2009
BEGINNING JULY 24, 2008
Employers of “tipped employees” must pay a cash wage of at least $2.13 per hour if
they claim a tip credit against their minimum wage obligation. If an employee's tips
combined with the employer's cash wage of at least $2.13 per hour do not equal the
minimum hourly wage, the employer must make up the difference. Certain other condi-
tions must also be met.
The Department of Labor may recover back wages either administratively or through
court action, for the employees that have been underpaid in violation of the law.
Violations may result in civil or criminal action.
Civil money penalties of up to $11,000 per violation may be assessed against employers
who violate the youth employment provisions of the law and up to $1,100 per violation
against employers who willfully or repeatedly violate the minimum wage or overtime pay
provisions. This law prohibits discriminating against or discharging workers who file a
complaint or participate in any pr