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Reviewing Missouri's wage garnishment exemption

Like many in Kansas City, you may have periods in your life where you encounter financial struggles. Whether those be due to an unanticipated injury or illness, the loss of a job or an abundance of debt, such issues can make meeting your needs extremely difficult. For many of those that we here at Thornberry Brown, LLC have worked with, that became even more difficult when debtors were allowed to garnish their wages. Less income often contributes to even greater financial struggles, so it is important that you understand when your employer can allow your wages to be garnished, as well as what garnishment limitations you may be entitled to. 

Does your employer have to offer you paid vacation days?

Given the value of the professional services that you provide, when you enter the workforce in Kansas City, you likely expect prospective employers to offer you benefits in an attempt to recruit and/or retain you. One such benefit that has become a standard expectation is paid vacation days. The fact that many employers offer them may lead you to believe that the law requires that they do so. Not only that, you (like many others) may believe that you are entitled to cash out your unused vacation days at the end of the year, or at the very least, roll them over into the next year. Yet is this true? 

When overtime pay is denied

Sometimes, honest and hard-working employees are subjected to unfair treatment at the hands of their employer. We have talked about discrimination and sexual harassment, but there are many other problems workers may come across. For example, someone may be denied overtime pay that they were entitled to or subjected to another type of wage and hour violation. In Kansas City, and all throughout Missouri, some employers feel as if they can get away with this behavior or that they are immune to repercussions for violating the rights of those they employ. However, this is not true.

Reviewing final wage payment requirements

Many in Kansas City likely cannot fathom losing their jobs. If they do, however, they may take some solace in the fact that their employers cannot simply cut off relations with them without providing them with their due compensation. At the very least, a person that loses his or her job is entitled to collect any wages still owed to him or her by his or her former company. 

What is the Prevailing Wage Law?

As a laborer in Kansas City, it may be easy to think that no one is looking out for your best interests. This can give rise to concerns about your employer exploiting you, particularly over your wages. Yet laws are in place to help ensure you are compensated fairly for the work you do. If you happen to work in the construction industry for a firm that regularly is involved in public works construction projects, you are covered under Missouri's Prevailing Wage Law. 

I have a job as an administrative assistant, can I get overtime?

Whether you have a right to overtime pay in Missouri for overtime hours will depend on whether your administrative job is exempt from the Fair Labor Standards Act’s overtime pay provisions. The title of the job, including the term administrative, is not dispositive and can be misleading.

The importance of taking breaks in the office

Employees in Missouri need breaks throughout the workday in order to recharge their bodies and minds. Although companies have varying regulations regarding the frequency and length of breaks in the office, stepping away from work at some point throughout the day is helpful for employees, and ultimately beneficial for companies as well. According to Health, the typical workweek among Americans has lengthened beyond the traditional 40 hours, and working 60 hours or more is common for up to 20% of employees. This increase in time spent at work may lead to fatigue, stress and more serous health concerns.

Are you an at-will employee?

Your worst fear may be to be fired from your job in Kansas City. Yet you likely hold on to the assumption that your employer cannot fire you without for no reason. Is that true? Missouri, like most states, follows the principle of "at-will employment," which basically allows companies to fire employees for any reason (except an illegal one) or no reason at all. Furthermore, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures, the at-will presumption allows companies to alter the terms of employment, including cutting wages, reducing paid leave or terminating benefits. After having read this, you likely have one question: Am I an at-will employee? 

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