While Social Security Disability benefits can provide a safety net to those who are unable to fully complete work for which they are qualified, the process of obtaining such benefits is not always simple. For those in such situations, the stress of dealing with the particular condition holding them back from work can be overwhelming on its own. Adding in the sometimes-complicated task of going through the benefits process can quickly add more stress to the situation. There are, however, some basic points to keep in mind when beginning the process of applying.
The increases in overtime eligibility announced by the Department of Labor put more cash in the pockets of the middle class and expand the opportunity for employers to cheat. Wage theft is a major problem in this country. According to the Economic Policy Institute, it amounts to approximately 50 billion dollars per year. The new rules, which increase eligibility for payment to those earning up to $47,476 per year, will not stop wage theft. Employer misconduct will probably increase because the stakes are higher. Employees not paid their overtime can file a complaint with the Department of Labor or retain a firm like Miller Cohen to represent them. The Fair Labor Standards Act requires a losing employer to pay attorney fees and may also require payment of double the amount of the cl aim for intentional misconduct.
It seems like nowadays, those who are fortunate enough to have full-time jobs are putting in longer hours than ever. As a result, many in Michigan are likely to be concerned about wage and hour laws and whether or not they are receiving the correct amount of overtime pay. Learning about employment law is often a complicated endeavor, though one that can be made much easier with an employment law attorney's help.