Under Connecticut law, employers must pay employees at a rate of one and one-half the employee's regular hourly wage for working more than forty hours in one week.
Some employees are exempt from the overtime requirement. Employees engaged in administrative, professional, executive, agricultural or motor carrier activities are exempt from the overtime requirement. Additionally, the following employees are exempt under Connecticut law:
Effective January 1, 2017, the minimum wage in Connecticut is $10.10 per hour, which is higher than the federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour.
Generally, employers cannot use other costs of employment to decrease the minimum wage. Employers, however, can use tips and gratuities to reduce the minimum wage required to $5.78 for hotel and restaurant employees and $7.46 for bartenders.
The following employees may be paid at a rate below the minimum wage:
Under Connecticut law, employees are entitled to a thirty minute meal break within the first seven and a half hours of work. One of the following conditions can create an exception to the meal period requirement:
Connecticut does not have any rest break requirements that are different from federal law.
You can file a wage claim with the Wage and Workplace Standards Division of the Connecticut Department of Labor. This can be done by filling out a Statement of Claim for Wages Form available at https://www.ctdol.state.ct.us/wgwkstnd/forms/wca1print.pdf. The filing should include as much information and documentation as possible. This process can be completed with or without an attorney.
If you have a wage/hour claim, do not delay in contacting the Wage and Workplace Standards Division to file a claim. There are strict time limits in which wage claims must be filed. In order for the agency to act on your behalf, you must file with two years from the date that the claim arose.
As you might have other legal claims with shorter deadlines, do not wait to file your claim until your time limit is close to expiring. You may wish to consult with an attorney prior to filing your claim, if possible. Yet if you are unable to find an attorney who will assist you, it is not necessary to have an attorney to file your claim.
Under Connecticut law, an attorney can file a private lawsuit to recover twice the amount of wages plus attorney's fees and court costs.
State Of Connecticut
Department Of Labor
Wage And Workplace Standards Division
200 Folly Brook Boulevard
Wethersfield, CT 06109
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