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I worked for a daycare in kingman az. I found out I was being paid under state minimum wage at 7.76/ hour, when i was told when I started working there that i was making 7.90/hr; and all the employees that started working after me were being paid 8 an hour. when I confronted the boss/ owner she told me she could pay me whatever she wanted because its a daycare. she put me on call because of this dispute and I didn't hear anything from her for two weeks. she called on an employee meeting and when I went she had two or three new employees. she told me I was kept on call because she was debating on firing me because I had an attitude about my wages and she told me not to talk to any of the employess about what I was being paid. i worked after the meeting for two days. then she texted me one night and said another employee was telling her me, as well as two other employees, were talking bad about her and she was putting us all back on call. needless to say all three of us quit. since then i haven't been paid for the days i worked while on call for a month and the two days i worked after the employee meeting. I was supposed to be paid on a Monday but she never got to do payroll until Tuesday because she was "sick". when she finally did payroll a week later she said I had no hours for this pay period. what can i do?

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No laws are broken if you are paid at least minimum wages. You should be paid for the time you were working. You need to Contact the Department of Labor and file a complaint for non payment of wages.


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I can answer questions about payroll laws and payroll tax laws and Human Resource laws and agencies. I can answer federal payroll and human resource law questions and most states; I do not have a knowledge of the local taxes for cities and counties within the state. If and when I can I will try and send you the website where you can reference the answer and where you can obtain more information as well as a contact number if needed for that particular agency. Some agencies I have worked with are IRS, Department of Labor (federal and state), Revenue Canada (and provincial governments), Inland Revenue, OSHA (0ccupational Safety and Health Administration); Social Security Administration and National Child Support as well as other agencies in Payroll and Human Resources. Some Laws I am particularly familiar with are FLSA (Fair Labor Standards Act), ADA (Americans With Disabilities Act), FMLA (Family Medical Leave Act) COBRA (Consolidated Omnibus Reconciliation Act ) , QDRO's, QMCSO's, and other support orders and garnishments, USERRA (Uniformed Services Employment and Remployment Rights Act,PPA Act (Pension Protection Act of 2006, As well as most other employment type acts. I am also well versed in the Title V Civil Rights Act and the HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act).

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PHR Certification in Human Resources CPP Certification in Payroll in U.S. Payroll Administrator and Payroll Supervisor certification in Canada

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