Mississippi. Can employer cut pay in half making it retroactive for hrs already worked? What if the new pay is below fed. min. wage? Employer said employees will eventually get paid but they don't know when. Is any of this legal?
1. No, an employer cannot RETROACTIVELY reduce an employee's pay for hours already worked.
2. If the employer is covered by the Fair Labor Standards Act, the employer cannot pay less than the federal minimum wage. If the employer is NOT covered by the FLSA, the minimum wage is most likely controlled by STATE law.
I'm licensed to practice law only in Indiana, and we've never met, so I can't give you "legal" advice. My answer is simply "friendly" advice based on my experience as an attorney in Indiana, my knowledge of federal and common law, and common sense. Even if you are in Indiana, employment law questions are very fact specific, and based on the limited information you provided in your post, I can't give you legal advice, and my answer is intended as general information only. It doesn't create an attorney-client relationship.
I agree with the prior post. Hours worked = pay earned.
Likewise, if you are otherwise entitled to minimum wages (most jobs are, but not all), you have to be paid.
Talk to a lawyer to see if you have a claim.
Please recall, the answers I provide are general in nature and are based upon the limited information you have provided. My response is not intended to to create an attorney-client relationship. To obtain legal advice particular to your situation, you would need to speak with an attorney and provide more detail.
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