We Help Workers Understand Their Rights Under Wage And Hour Laws

Unfortunately, some employers, in pursuit of a competitive advantage, do not pay their workers fairly. They abuse laws that set a minimum hourly wage and ignore their obligation when overtime wages must be paid.

The federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FSLA) sets rules for overtime work, the minimum wage, and child labor. The minimum wage in Kansas is $7.25 per hour. Generally speaking, nonmanagerial (nonexempt) employees must be paid at a rate of not less than one and one-half times their regular rates of pay after 40 hours of work in a week. Managerial employees are considered exempt from the overtime pay requirement.

The FLSA protects the vast majority of Kansas employees, but there are numerous exceptions. The most common exemptions to the law are the so-called white collar exemptions. Under the law, employees who work in administrative, executive or professional positions are exempt from minimum wage and overtime pay if certain conditions are met. However, many people who are classified as exempt by their employers are really nonexempt under the law and entitled to overtime pay.

At the Law Firm of Michael M. Shultz, we help workers understand wage and hours laws, and determine whether it makes sense to take legal action against an employer.

Assistance With Complex Wage And Overtime Issues

If everyone simply punched a clock, many wage and overtime disputes would not arise. Nowadays, however, flexible job descriptions and work rules make the overtime question more difficult to answer.

Michael Shultz has more than 25 years of experience as an employment law attorney. He also has taught employment law issues at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law, where he was a professor for six years. He understands the complexities of the FLSA and how to use the legal system to obtain results for his clients.

Michael is a lawyer who helps workers understand their rights regarding a wide range of wage and hours situations, including:

  • Breaks and lunch time
  • On-call time
  • Work that must be completed before a shift starts or after a shift ends
  • Travel time and days off when work must be completed
  • Independent contractors versus full-time employees

We Can Review The Facts Of Your Dispute

If you have been unfairly denied overtime pay, Michael Shultz will work to help you obtain the compensation you deserve. Call 785-838-4300 for a free consultation.*

*Our free initial consultation is designed to help potential clients determine whether he or she has valid legal claims that can be filed with state or federal agencies or with the courts. It is usually completed via phone and lasts a maximum of 30 minutes. A follow-up office visit may be scheduled if appropriate.