Understanding Texas Minimum Wage Laws
Minimum wage laws vary from state to state in relation to the federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour. It is important to understand your right to fair wages in Texas, which sets its minimum wage at the federal minimum. The Texas Minimum Wage Act outlines the rights given to working individuals in Texas regarding their salary. The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) is the state agency that oversees the regulation of workplaces in Texas. The TWC can also answer any questions employees or employers may have concerning the Texas Minimum Wage Act.
The Texas Minimum Wage Act
The Texas Minimum Wage Act became effective in 2009 and has specified restrictions based on an employee’s job title. If you work for tips, for example, certain provisions allow employers to count those earnings towards a minimum wage. The act does not, however, ban an employee from bargaining for a higher salary. The Texas Minimum Wage Act impacts employers and employees by,
- Requiring an employer to provide a written statement to all employees regarding particular information about their pay
- Designating the TWC as the agency responsible for communicating the information of the act
- Containing special provisions for workers in the agricultural industry
These requirements do not apply to employees who are exempt from the Texas Minimum Wage Act. Employees can be exempt from the minimum wage primarily if they are covered by the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The FLSA sets wage standards that include exemptions for teachers, farmworkers, and youth. Other individuals who are exempt from the minimum wage in are inmates, family members, and students. If you are wrongfully being considered exempt by your employer, then you can fight for the money you deserve.
Contact an Austin Overtime and Wage Attorney
At The Melton Law Firm, our overtime and wage attorneys understand how confusing wage laws are. We can help simplify the process if you feel you are receiving inadequate payments. Because we are based in Austin, we have ample experience arguing wage issues in Texas. If you believe that your employer owes you financial compensation, please contact our Austin attorneys at (512) 330-0017.