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Are you paid fairly? Federal, state and local governments have rules for work and fair pay. This week's CareerTIP® advice - learn the rules for fair pay, and see if you qualify to carry home a larger load of dollars.

Daily CareerTIP® Advice
Monday - New "Overtime Pay" rules start today
Changes begin today in qualifications for overtime pay of 1-1/2 times the regular rate of pay (that's 50% more pay) for all hours worked over 40 hours in a workweek. Do you qualify for overtime pay? Ask your employer. Click our link "New Overtime Pay Rules."

New Overtime Pay Rules
New federal law goes into effect August 23, 2004. See if it affects you.
Tuesday - Maximize your minimum wage
If you or a family member is working an hourly job, you need to know that the federal minimum wage for covered, nonexempt employees is $5.15 per hour. But it might be higher where you live. Click on our link "Mimimum Wage Varies By State" to learn if you are receiving the correct minimum wage.

Mimimum Wage Varies By State
Minimum wage can be as high as $8.50 an hour depending on where you live. Where federal and state/local minimum wages differ, you are entitled to the higher amount.
Wednesday - Can you get "Back Pay"?
A common remedy for wage violations is for the employer to make up the difference between what you were paid and the amount you should have been paid for unpaid overtime or underpaid minimum wage. The amount of this sum is often called "back pay." If you think you are owed back pay, click our link "Back Pay Wages."

Back Pay Wages
Think you are owed back pay? Click and learn what to do next.
Thursday - Discrimination and fair pay
It is illegal for employers to discriminate based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, or age in any aspect of employment, including compensation, assignment, or classification of employees as well as pay, retirement plans, and disability leave.

Discrimination and Equal Employment Opportunity
If you think you are or have been discriminated against, go to the official Equal Employment Opportunity Commission website and learn what to do next.
Friday - Rules for working teens
Part-time or summer jobs can provide teenagers with great opportunities for learning important life skills and acquiring hands-on experience – while at the same time earning some spending money. Government rules regarding young workers strike a balance between time for educational opportunities and appropriate work experiences. Click our link to "YouthRules!"

U.S. Department of Labor website that describes types of jobs and number of hours teens can work based on their age.
Saturday - No rules and fair pay
A number of fair pay issues are not covered by federal rules - like Commissions and Merit Pay, Educational Level and Pay, Hazard Pay, Holiday and Vacation Pay, and Severance Pay. If you think you are being paid unfairly, and there are no government rules, then talk to your employer using our "Win-Win Negotiation" advice.

Win-Win Negotiation
How to get the best for both you and your employer.
Sunday - What did Jesus say about fair pay?
Jesus told a parable about a landowner confronted by workers who worked more hours, but were paid the same as those who worked less hours. Jesus said the landowner responded "Friend, I am not being unfair to you. Didn't you agree to work for a denarius? Take your pay and go. I want to give the man who was hired last the same as I gave you. Don't I have the right to do what I want with my own money? Or are you envious because I am generous?"

The Parable of the Workers in the Vineyard
Read the whole story in Matthew 20:1-16. What is the point of this parable?

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