The Kentucky Minimum Wage and Overtime Laws specifically set how much and when a worker must be paid.
The laws are set forth by state statute and non-exempt employers must comply with these laws. There are numerous exceptions to these laws based upon the type of employment, the classification of the job, the type and manner of compensation, and the size of the employer. There are also federal wage laws pursuant to the Federal Labor Standards Act (FLSA) that also set forth pay requirements from employers.
Kentucky Overtime Pay Laws
Under Kentucky law, employers are required to pay overtime rates to employees who work more than 40 hours in one workweek. Employers are required to pay employees overtime at a rate of 1½ time their regular rate, unless otherwise exempt.
With the exception of minors, an employee in Kentucky may work as many hours as the employee and the employer choose.
If an employee receives, in addition to his earnings at the hourly rate, an additional production bonus, the overtime must be paid on the total hourly rate received by the employee. This would be computed by adding the additional pay to the regular hourly rate and dividing by the total number of hours worked.
Additionally, Kentucky does not require, however, that an employee be paid overtime compensation for hours in excess of eight (8) per day, or for work on Saturdays, Sundays, holidays or regular days of rest.
If no more than forty (40) hours are actually worked in the workweek, overtime compensation pursuant to KRS 337.285 need not be paid.
Kentucky also has exemptions on overtime pay laws for individuals employed as a bona fide executive, administrative, supervisory or professional capacity, salesman, outside collector, federal employees, employed by domestic service or private household, employees of retail stores and service industries and more.
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Kentucky Minimum Wage Laws
On July 1, 2009, the Kentucky minimum wage rate increased to $7.25 per hour. An employer must also comply with federal minimum wage laws, which currently sets the federal minimum wage at $7.25.
If, at any time, the federal minimum wage rises to an amount higher than Kentucky’s minimum wage, the state minimum wage will automatically increase to match the federal minimum wage.
If an employer chooses to pay employees minimum wage, the employer must pay those employees in accordance with the minimum wage law, either federal or state, that results in the employees being paid the higher wage.
Additionally, no employer shall require any employee to work without a rest period of at least 10 minutes during each four hours worked except those employees who are under the Federal Railway Labor Act.
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Kentucky Minimum Wage & Overtime Laws Resource
An excellent resource for information is the Kentucky Department of Labor website.
Largest Cities in Kentucky Providing Jobs
The ten largest cities in the State of Kentucky provide jobs and income to both their own residents and those from outside communities. These include jobs in both public sector and private sector. The cities are listed below:
- Bowling Green
Commonly Asked Kentucky Overtime Pay Questions
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- How much is overtime pay?
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Free Legal Advice For Kentucky Unpaid Overtime Pay Claims
If you were not paid the required minimum wage pay or overtime pay, you have the legal right to pursue a wage claim against the past or present employer. There are strict time deadlines so you should contact our unpaid overtime lawyers today to determine whether you are owed unpaid wages. We will represent you on a No Win, No Fee basis so there are no legal fees or expenses unless we recover your unpaid lost wages for you.
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