Hours worked

I am an hourly employee. I am concerned about several things. The General Manager will remove hours from our time cards saying that she will distribute hours removed over the next few paychecks because she has exceeded her budget for labor. Many of these hours are hours worked over 40 hours in a 7 day work week. Also, the GM will give less than a 24 hour notice that she will be holding a mandatory meeting and that we do not get paid for these meetings. If you do not show up then you are considered a

Asked on June 17, 2017 under Employment Labor Law, Arizona

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

Yes, AZ employees are covered under federal law, too; federal law is national law and applies to everyone in the U.S. Some principles:
1) Under federal law (e.g. the Fair Labor Standards Act, or FLSA), an hourly employee MUST be paid for all hours worked, including overtime if they work more than 40 hours in a week, and employees must keep accurate time records.
2) Mandatory meetings are work time, and you MUST be paid for them.
You could contact the federal or state department(s) of labor to file a wage and hour complaint for not being paid what you should be paid; you may be entilted to back wages and/or back overtime.
3) An employer may change your schedule with no notice at will, unless you have a written employment (or union) agreement setting your hours, and employees need to accept or put up with this--or else seek other employment.
4) You have no right to know or contact the owner(s) of the company.
5) Without a written employment contract, you are an employee at will and may be fired at any time for any reason including challenging a suprervisor about your schedule or the information she gives out or how she treats you (except that it would be illegal retaliation to fire you for bringing a wage and hour claim to the dept. of labor; you cannot be legally fired for asserting your rights under the law).


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