Even though I work for a small privately owned business do they still have to follow common labor laws?

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Even though I work for a small privately owned business do they still have to follow common labor laws?

I work for a cleaning service, Maid Master in
Kentucky. We work around 50-55 hours Monday thru
Friday. We have no breaks including meal except
when we are driving to the next house which is about
10 minutes. We also do not get paid time and a half
or any over time pay when we work over 40 hours. Is
this legal?

Asked on January 14, 2019 under Employment Labor Law, Kentucky

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 2 years ago | Contributor

Yes, small privately owned businesses have to follow the labor laws unless they are very small and very local: 
1) If they gross (i.e. billings, not profit) over $500,000/year, they are covered by the labor laws, such as the Fair Labor Standards Act or FLSA, which requires overtime when working more than 40 hours in a week.
2) Or even if they gross less than $500,000/year, if they are engaged in "interstate commerce," which can potentially include using the internet, U.S. Post Office, or telephones (all of which cross state lines) as a regular part of their business, they would be covered.
Almost no business are exempt from the FLSA and other labor laws. It would be worth your while to contact the department of labor about possibly filing a complaint.


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