As the economic downturn continues, more and more employers will be laying off employees and relying on the remaining employees to cover the work. Under Kentucky law, there are many protections for employees from unlawful employer practices.
No employer shall require any employee to work without a rest period of at least ten (10) minutes during each four (4) hours worked (except those employees who are under the Federal Railway Labor Act). This rest period is in addition to the regularly scheduled lunch period. Employers are also not allowed to take a reduction in pay for these rest and lunch periods.
Many employers also are not allowed to employ an employee for a workweek longer than forty hours unless the employee receives compensation for their employment in excess of forty hours in a workweek at a rate of not less than one and one-half times the hourly rate employer.
It is important that you understand your rights as an employee. For more information on Kentucky Wage and Hour Laws visit the Kentucky Department of Labor or contact a Wage and Hour attorney at Miller & Falkner.