FAQ for Employers

Employment law is an important area of law that affects nearly every person at some point in their lives. If you are concerned about a workplace practice, contact one of the Atlanta employment attorneys at Mays & Kerr. In the meantime, we have included a list of frequently asked questions for employers below. Employees should review this Employee FAQ.

Employer FAQ

Does the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) limit the number of hours an employee can work per day or per week?

No. The FLSA does not impose any limits on the number of hours an employee can work.

What is minimum wage?

Minimum wage is the lowest amount of compensation an employer can offer an employee. The federal minimum wage is $7.25. In Georgia, minimum wage is $5.25. Employers who are subject to the federal Fair Labor Standards Act must pay employees the higher minimum wage rate.

Because Tennessee does not have a minimum wage law, the federal minimum wage requirements apply.

An employee has requested a reasonable accommodation, but I fear that granting the request may be too expensive or interfere with other employees’ ability to perform their jobs. What are my options?

Employees with disabilities are allowed to request a reasonable accommodation that will help them perform their job. However, a reasonable accommodation should not put an undue burden on the employer. Since you are worried that this accommodation will cause hardship, you have several options. You may suggest another, less burdensome accommodation as long as it serves essentially the same function as the initial recommendation. Work together with your employee to find a workable solution. If the disability is not obvious, you can ask your employee for documentation to help you understand the extent of his or her limitations. If there are two options, the employer is allowed to choose the less expensive one, as long as it is effective.

If you have questions about providing reasonable accommodations, it is a good idea to consult with an Atlanta employment attorney to learn about your rights and obligations.