Iowa’s minimum wage is $7.25 per hour, and most employers are required to pay most employees at least that minimum wage for each hour worked.
Some employees must be paid by the hour. If you are an hourly employee and work over 40 hours in a workweek, you must be paid overtime equal to 1 and 1/2 times your regular wage. If you are an hourly employee and do not receive overtime pay for hours worked over 40 hours in a workweek, you may be entitled to 2 years of past overtime wages, and in some situations 3 years of past overtime wages.
Other employees may be salaried rather than paid by the hour. These employees, often managers and professionals, are considered to be “exempt” employees, and may not be entitled to overtime. Not every employee can be considered “exempt.”
Some employers try to give employees “comp time.” However, the only employer who can give “comp time” is the government.
Examples of wage and hour law violations include:
It is against the law for your employer to retaliate against you because you make a complaint concerning overtime pay, minimum wage, unauthorized deductions from your pay or other wage and hour violations.
All information on our website is meant to be generally informative. To find out whether you may have a claim for wage and hour violations, you should consult a fair wage attorney of your choice.