The primary federal wage and hour law is the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). In addition to many other requirements, this law establishes a national minimum wage of $7.25 per hour and requires employees who work more than 40 hours in a week to receive time and a half pay. This law is expansive and covers more than 130 million American workers. But nonetheless, some smaller employers may not be subject to the provisions of the FLSA.
For this reason, most states have enacted their own wage and hour laws that extend similar coverage to smaller employers. In Arkansas, the law establishes a state minimum wage of $6.25 per hour and applies to all employers in the state with four or more employees. Moreover, state law also requires that employees be compensated for periodic breaks and must be completely relieved of their duties during uncompensated lunch periods.
Our Arkansas employment lawyers generally make it their policy to pursue remedies for our clients under both federal and Arkansas wage and hour laws. This gives our clients more flexibility and preserves their rights. While the FLSA is more favorable than comparable state laws in many ways, Arkansas wage and hour remedies and procedures may be more favorable under certain circumstances.
As a client of the Sanford Law Firm you can count on unparalleled access to an Arkansas wage and hour attorney who keeps your goals and concerns at the forefront. We are willing to work with employers to resolve violations and get our clients compensation for the wages to which they are entitled. But we are also willing and able to go to the mat against uncooperative employers and to help groups of wronged employees fight back against employers who have engaged in a pervasive pattern of violations and to protect those employees from retaliation.
Many workers in Arkansas do not understand their rights — especially regarding compensation — under federal and state wage and hour laws. Even many employers are not entirely clear about what these laws provide and may inadvertently shortchange their workers. Others may willfully disregard these laws and engage in a consistent pattern of paying their employees less than they deserve. Whatever the case may be, the Arkansas wage & hour law attorneys of the Sanford Law Firm are committed to helping workers assert their rights and take the best course of action for their individual circumstances.
The attorneys of the Sanford Law Firm are committed to helping workers receive an honest day’s pay for an honest day’s work. Our offices in Little Rock and Russellville proudly serve clients throughout Arkansas. But we are ready and willing to work in other states — wherever workers need a strong and principled advocate. Call our Little Rock office at 501-476-6251 or toll free at or contact us online to schedule a consultation regarding your employment issue.