As the baby-boom generation ages and we all become anxious about the Social Security system, employer-sponsored pensions and retirement savings plans become more important. Complicated federal and state laws regulate these vehicles. Contact a knowledgeable pension and benefits attorney for answers to your questions about pensions and other retirement benefits.
Los Angeles Wage and Benefits Attorneys
Helping Southern California Businesses and Residents Understand Employment Law
The attorneys of the Bononi Law Group, LLP, represent employer and employee clients in the greater Los Angeles area in wage and benefits disputes. As you consider or manage the legalities of your legal challenge, you may find the wage and benefits legal details provide below to be helpful.
We have handled hundreds of wage and benefits disputes in our 20-plus years of employment law experience. For further information about wage and benefits law, visit our wage claim page or contact our firm at 1-800-641-5548.
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Frequently Asked Questions About Wages and Benefits
Q: How often does the minimum wage increase?
A: No regular increase schedule exists. The federal minimum wage has been $7.25 per hour since a July 2009 increase. Previous to that increases were erratic, sometimes remaining frozen for many years while for the most part prices soared. Most states have enacted their own minimum-wage provisions, several of which are higher than the federal rate. In any given state, the higher of the state or federal rate will apply to workers covered under both schemes and the state rate will apply to employees not subject to the federal law.
Q: What is the prevailing wage?
A: Federal laws and those in most states require that private employers with government contracts pay their employees working on these public contracts the prevailing wage, meaning no less than the usual wages and benefits that comparable workers in the locality are paid. The prevailing wages for workers employed under government contracts are determined by government laws or regulations.
Wages and Benefits - An Overview
The laws and regulations that govern wages and benefits in employment are complicated and difficult to understand, often involving federal, state and even local requirements. An employment law attorney, such as one from Bononi Law Group, LLP in Los Angeles, California, can help you cut through the confusion and clarify your rights.
Originally designed to curb oppressive working hours and decrease poverty among Depression-era workers, the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 (FLSA) is still today the main federal legislation regulating minimum wage and overtime pay. Each state also has its own wage-and-hour laws that sometimes provide added advantage and protection to workers.
Wages and Overtime
We go to work every day to earn money to support ourselves and our families. Monetary compensation influences heavily which jobs we pick, whether we work or retire, and where we live. Federal and state governments have enacted many laws to protect your interest in receiving fair pay for your hard work. An experienced employment law attorney can help you take advantage of the protections offered by those laws.
Family and Medical Leave
The federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) is a law that allows certain employees to take extended time off for particular family or medical needs. Additional leave may be available through more generous state laws, collective-bargaining agreements or employer-provided leave programs. An employee rights lawyer can advise you of your particular entitlement to family or medical leave.
Increasingly employers are offering to their unmarried employees in domestic partnerships the same or similar benefits as those provided to married couples. Usually the employer's offer of domestic-partner benefits is voluntary, but sometimes these benefits are required by law. An experienced employment law attorney can answer your questions about domestic-partner benefits.
Wages and Benefits Resource Links
Wage and Hour Division (WHD)
Federal Department of Labor (DOL) division charged with enforcing laws important in the workplace, such as minimum-wage and overtime laws.
Explains the rules for determining which employees are exempt from overtime pay requirements.
Minimum Wage Poster
Copy of the poster on minimum-wage, overtime and child-labor laws employers subject to these laws must post at their workplaces.
Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS)
Statistical information on wages, earnings, employment and other related topics.
Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA) Advisor
Advice for veterans about their rights to re-employment and other benefits after absences for military service.