Filing a Wage and Hour Claim - Alabama

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Does Alabama have state overtime laws that are different from federal law?

Alabama does not have overtime laws that are different from federal overtime law. State law enforcement officers, however, can choose to receive overtime pay.

Does Alabama have a minimum wage that is different from federal law?

Alabama does not have any laws establishing a state minimum wage. Therefore, the federal minimum wage applies, which is $7.25 per hour, or $2.13 per hour for tipped workers.

Do any cities or counties in Alabama have a minimum wage that is different from state or federal law?

In 2016, Alabama passed a law that stops any cities or counties in the state from passing their own minimum wage laws. Therefore, the federal minimum of $7.25 per hour, or $2.13 per hour for tipped workers, applies across the state.

Does Alabama have meal and rest break requirements, unlike federal law?

Alabama does not have any laws regulating meal or rest break requirements.

How do I file a wage/hour or labor standards claim in Alabama?

You cannot file a wage/hour or labor standards claim in Alabama unless you have worked and not received your pay. Alabama does not enforce any wage and hour laws other than the state law pertaining to the payment of wages. The State of Alabama Department of Labor will investigate and attempt to collect on wage claims. Here is additional information on filing a federal claim.

What are my time deadlines?

If you have a claim for unpaid wages, do not delay in contacting the Alabama Department of Labor. These are strict time limits in which wage claims must be filed. It is unclear what time limit applies in Alabama.

State Labor Agency 

Website: http://www.labor.alabama.gov/ 

For questions regarding wage and hour issues, please call: (334) 223-7450 or toll free at 1-866-487-9243

 

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