Wage & Hour Laws

The Warshawsky Law Firm represents employees and employers in the complex area of employment law known as “wage and hour law.”  “Wage and hour law” refers to the various federal, state, and local laws governing the basic terms of employment, including pay rates, meal and rest breaks, sick leave, family leave, and other mandatory requirements.  These laws include the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), the Equal Pay Act (EPA), the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), the New York Labor Law, and various New York City labor laws.  We have handled numerous wage and hour cases for individuals and business, in both single-plaintiff and collective/class actions.

Wage and hour law is very complicated and imposes significant obligations on employers of all sizes.  Many employers either are unaware of these obligations, which grow in number with each passing year, or willfully skirt over them due to the cost or burden of compliance.  Noncompliance is almost never excusable, however, and employers frequently are ordered to pay substantial damages, including civil penalties, for their failure to follow these rules and regulations.  Accordingly, it is imperative for businesses to ensure that they receive – and follow – accurate, up-to-date human resources guidance from a qualified attorney or HR provider.

The specific wage and hour issues we handle include:

  • unpaid wages
  • minimum wages
  • tip credits and tip pools
  • overtime pay
  • exempt versus nonexempt
  • executive, professional, administrative, IT exemptions
  • hourly versus salaried
  • independent contractors
  • misclassification
  • spread of hours pay
  • bonuses
  • commissions
  • meal and rest breaks
  • sick/medical leave
  • family/parental leave
  • military leave and reinstatement (USERRA)
  • pregnancy accommodations
  • disability accommodations
  • religious accommodations
  • record keeping requirements
  • pay statement requirements
  • pay rate notices
  • freelancer rights
  • collective and class actions

Even if you don’t see your issue listed here, please contact us if you have any questions or concerns about your employment.

Wage and Hour Law Resources:

For further research, please visit these government websites, which contain a wealth of user-friendly information about many wage and hour law issues:

If you or your company needs a qualified wage and hour lawyer, please contact The Warshawsky Law Firm for a free consultation.