Wage and Hour Claims
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Oregon’s wage and hour laws are designed to protect employees. Unfortunately, many employers are ignorant of these laws and violate their employees’ rights. These laws are complex, so it is important to consult with an experienced unpaid wage lawyer if you feel you have not been fully compensated by your employer.
Why Do Wage and Hour Claims Arise?
Many employers simply do not understand their obligations under state and federal wage law. Some common examples are where an employer has a long-time policy that they have always implemented without realizing that the policy violates the law. Or, where employers outsource their payroll to out of state companies who do not understand Oregon’s wage laws.
Examples of Wage and Hour Laws
Here are a few examples of situations that could result in wage and hour claims:
- If an employee quits, the employer must pay all wages earned by the employee by the end of the employee’s last workday, provided that employee gave at least 48-hour notice.
- If an employee is fired, they must be paid by the end of the next business day.
- An employer cannot deduct funds from a paycheck unless the deduction is authorized by State or Federal law.
- If an employee works overtime, they are entitled to overtime compensation in certain situations.
- If employers fail to follow the wage and hour laws, then they may be subject to penalties.
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Covid-19 Employee Rights
With the coronavirus pandemic spreading across the nation, many American workers are being laid off, losing their jobs or needing to work remotely. If you’re an employee who’s been affected, it’s important to know you still have rights during this time.
The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) is now in effect as of April 2, 2020. Under this act, there are many provisions in place that employers must follow involving sick time and paid leave whether it involves your own health or the health of a family member. Some highlights include:
- All employees employed by eligible companies can use two weeks of paid sick time for specified reasons in connection with COVID-19
- Those who’ve been employed for at least 30 days are eligible for an additional 10 weeks of paid family leave
- Any employee who cannot work remotely, is eligible for 12 weeks of job-protected leave to care for their children if their childcare has been closed because of COVID-19
To learn more about your employer rights during the COVID-19 pandemic or if you believe you have been violated, please contact our office. We can answer any questions you may have regarding any employment issue whether it’s related to COVID-19 or not.
What is the Penalty for Unpaid Wages In Oregon?
Employers may face the following penalties if they violate the laws:
- Full payment of the wages owing to the employee
- Penalty wages (the amount of the employee’s wage multiplied by thirty days)
- Attorney fees and costs incurred by the employee in pursuing the wage and hour claims
Need an Unpaid Wage Lawyer?
Robert L. Sepp, Attorney at Law is experienced in helping employees pursue claims against employers for a variety of wage-related issues, including unpaid overtime, minimum wage violations, nonpayment of wages, unauthorized deductions, unpaid vacation, unpaid personal time, commission payments. He can help you recover the money that is rightfully yours.
Robert L. Sepp works on a contingent fee basis, which means, he gets paid only if you get paid so he strives to ensure the best result possible.
If you have wage and hour questions, contact Robert L. Sepp, Attorney at Law to schedule a free no-obligation consultation.
If you have wage and hour questions, contact Robert L. Sepp, Attorney at Law to schedule a consultation.
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