Alabama Wage and Hour FAQs

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Alabama Overtime Law, Minimum Wage Questions

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Alabama follows the federal regulations regarding minimum wage and overtime pay. No state-specific Alabama Overtime Law exists.

What is Alabama's minimum wage?

The minimum wage in Alabama rests at $7.25 per hour. Alabama does not have its own minimum wage laws; therefore, it adheres to the federal minimum wage.

Does Alabama have any laws in regard to hiring and firing?

Alabama is an employment-at-will state. It does not have any specific laws regarding hiring and firing employees. Alabama employers can fire and hire whoever they please, as long as they do not discriminate against the employees based on age, religion, race, sex, color national origin or disability.

My company closed, but my employer did not give advanced notice. Who should I contact about this problem?

Plant closings are handled by the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs.

Where can I find more information on Alien Certification?

While the Alabama Department of Labor (DOL) does not handle alien certification, you can contact the Department of Industrial Relations, Immigration, Standards and Methods Division for more information.

I am not satisfied with my union representation. Who can I talk to about this problem?

You can contact the National Labor Relations Board by calling (205) 731-1492 or visiting the NLRB website.

I was hurt at work, but my employer does not want to take responsibility. Who can I contact?

For problems regarding work-related injuries, contact the Department of Industrial Relations, Workers Compensation Division.

Who can I contact about the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA)?

You can contact the U.S. Department of Labor through the DOL's website.

Who handles the Wage & Hour Laws?

The Alabama Department of Labor does not have any specific wage and hour laws, except for laws regarding the payment of wages. Section 25-3-4 states that the department will investigate and attempt to collect on wage claims. This office strives to collect wages for workers who have not received pay for hours worked. For inquiries about other Alabama wage and hour laws, including overtime pay, minimum wage and salaried and hourly workers, please contact the U.S. Department of Labor.

Can my employer keep my vacation pay after I leave the company?

Vacation pay is considered a "fringe benefit" and therefore is not required payment by law. It is at the employer's discretion whether they want to offer benefits such as vacation pay, severance, sick leave, etc. However, one exception exists if the employee handbook states that these benefits will be given.

Where can I get Alabama Posting Requirements?

Simply click on 'downloads' on the website of the Department of Industrial Relations, Technical Services Division.

Does Alabama have prevailing wage rate information?

Alabama's DOL no longer has prevailing wage rates; these were discontinued in 1980. The U.S. Department of Labor enforces the Davis Bacon rates, which are equal to the prevailing wage rates.

Who can I contact if I feel I'm being harassed or discriminated against at my job?

Contact the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) by calling (205) 731-0082 or visiting the EEOC's website.