Wage and Hour Laws: A State-by-State Survey, Third Edition With 2017 Supplement

This treatise covers wage and hour and mandatory leave laws in all 50 states, plus the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, allowing practitioners to quickly find the information they need and compare laws in different states. Topics covered include minimum wage and overtime; timing, place and manner of payment to employees; prohibitions on hours worked and mandatory leave; and much more.


Wage and Hour Laws: A State-by-State Survey, Third Edition provides a thorough and complete analysis of the individual wage and hour laws, wage payment laws, and common law wage actions that are used throughout the nation. Its state-by-state analysis includes coverage of:  

  • Minimum wage and overtime laws
  • Timing, place, and manner of payments to employees
  • Mandatory payments in addition to overtime, such as shift differentials and reimbursement for tools and uniforms
  • Prohibitions on hours worked and mandatory leave, such as the requirement to provide paid sick leave
  • Child labor
  • Recordkeeping/posting requirements
  • Occupations with special rules, such as those in public safety
  • Common law theories to recover unpaid wages, defenses, and remedies
  • Enforcement and remedies of workers’ statutory protections, including injunctions, and private and state enforcement actions
  • Special litigation issues, such as the availability of Rule 23 class actions, double or treble damages, and attorneys’ fees and costs.

In addition, the Third Edition updates the two-volume set with the timely addition of new sections on fluctuating workweeks, gap time pay, the treatment of mandatory service charges in the payment of tipped employees, Portal-to-Portal acts, mandatory paid sick leave laws, and the varying state laws defining joint employment and independent contractors.


Each State Chapter Addresses:

  • Overview of State Law and Regulation
  • Operations and Functions of State Administrative Agency
  • Minimum Wage and Overtime Laws
  • Timing, Place, and Manner of Payments
  • Payments and Leave in Addition to Minimum Wage and Overtime
  • Prohibitions on Hours Worked
  • Occupations With Special Rules
  • Child Labor
  • Recordkeeping, Posting, and Notice Requirements
  • Enforcement and Remedies
  • Common Law Causes of Action
  • Retaliation
  • Special Litigation Issues




The 2017 Supplement brings coverage current through December 2016, with highlights including:  

  • A new law in California requiring overtime payment for agricultural workers
  • Resolution of a court split in Florida on the question of whether a Rule 23(b)(3) class action for unpaid wages under state law and a collective action for overtime compensation under the FLSA may be maintained in the same proceeding
  • Recognition of the patchwork of wage and hour requirements in Illinois, with its conflicting state, municipal, and county requirements
  • Amendment to the Massachusetts Department of Labor Standard’s Minimum Wage regulations regarding “working time” and rest periods
  • New York legislation requiring the provision of paid family leave benefits to eligible employees



Bloomberg BNA authors and editors are practicing professionals with insider perspectives and real-life experience. Learn more about this book’s authors and editors.

Gregory K. McGillivary is a partner in Woodley & McGillivary, Washington DC, where he practices in the areas of fair labor standards law, employment discrimination law, and public sector labor relations law.


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