General Wage and Overtime Laws

The Fair Labor Standards Act generally mandates that hourly-paid employees make a minimum wage and be compensated at one and one-half times the hourly rate for work in excess of 40 hours per week. There are exceptions to the general rule for executive, administrative and professional employees who are paid a salary rather than hourly.

The Pennsylvania Wage Payment and Compensation Law requires that earned wages be paid promptly, on the regular schedule of the employer, even if the employee no longer works for the employer. If the wages are not timely paid within 30 days of when due, the employee can recover in addition to the wages due, a premium of 25% of the total wages due or $500, whichever is greater, and reasonable attorney's fees.

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