The Texas 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.
Texas Overtime Pay Laws
Texas does not have any overtime pay laws, however federal laws do apply that are set by the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).
There is no minimum number of employees that must work for an employer before the employer is responsible to comply with the FLSA standards.
The FLSA creates two classifications of workers for purpose of overtime wages. The two classifications are exempt and non-exempt.
Depending on what type of classification an employee is will determine if an employer is required to pay overtime pay to their employees who work overtime.
It is not uncommon for employers to misclassify an employee in order to avoid paying them overtime pay.
Overtime is considered any hours in excess of 40 hours in a work week. If you have worked over 40 hours and have not received overtime pay, it is important that you contact an employment lawyer to ensure that you are classified correctly and determine if you are eligible to receive wages.
Texas Minimum Wage Laws
The minimum wage is set by the FLSA at $7.25 per hour. The State’s Minimum Wage Act does not prohibit employees from bargaining collectively with their employers for a higher wage.
With specified restrictions, employers may count tips and the value of meals and lodging toward minimum wage.
An employer is not required to pay an employee who lives on the business premises for on-call time in addition to assigned working hours.
Under certain conditions, an employer may pay a sub-minimum wage to a worker who is a patient or a client of the Texas Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation, or to other individuals due to productivity impairments.
The primary exemption from the Minimum Wage Act is for people covered by the federal FLSA.
Other specific exemptions include, employment in, of or by religious, educational, charitable or nonprofit organizations, professionals, salespersons or public officials, domestics, certain youths and students, inmates, family members, amusement and recreational establishments, non-agricultural employers not liable for state unemployment contributions, dairying and production of livestock, and sheltered workshops.
Texas Minimum Wage & Hour Law Resource
An excellent resource for information is the Texas Workforce Commission.
Largest Cities in Texas Providing Jobs
The ten largest cities in the State of Texas 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:
- San Antonio
- Fort Worth
- El Paso
- Northeast Tarrant
- Northwest Harris
- Southeast Montgomery
Commonly Asked Texas Overtime Pay Questions
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- How much is overtime pay?
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- Does Texas have mandatory overtime laws?
- What is the minimum wage and hour law?
- When is overtime owed?
- What is the overtime rate?
- How do I get my unpaid overtime pay?
Free Legal Advice For Texas 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.
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