Employers in Kentucky are required to adhere to both federal labor laws and Kentucky state labor laws. These laws impart a number of rights to employees that are designed to protect them from being exploited.

What Is Part-Time vs. Full-Time in Kentucky?

It is up to the employer to determine what constitutes full-time or part-time employment in Kentucky. This decision is left to the employer because there is no Kentucky state law or federal law that delineates between full- and part-time.

What Is the Minimum Wage in Kentucky?

The minimum wage in Kentucky is the same as the federal minimum wage rate. Kentucky has chosen to continue to match the federal minimum wage rather than set its own minimum wage. This rate in 2017 is $7.25 per hour.


Kentucky’s overtime laws mirror federal overtime laws.  Under both federal law and Kentucky state law, a workweek consists of 40 hours that are worked within 7 consecutive days. If a Kentucky employee works additional hours beyond 40 hours per week, they must be paid time and half for their work.

Health Benefits

While Kentucky does not require employers to offer any sort of health benefits to their employees, federal law does require certain employers to provide health insurance. Most full-time employees are entitled to health insurance from their employer if the company they work for has 50 or more full-time employees.


All employers have to follow the federal laws prohibiting discrimination in the workplace. Kentucky also has its own Civil Rights Act that reinforces these federal laws. It is illegal for any employer in Kentucky to discriminate against employees based on their race, gender, color, religion, disability, national origin, or use of smoking tobacco.

Time Off

The Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) is a federal regulation that guarantees 12 weeks of unpaid medical and/or family emergency leave for Kentucky employees. Other than those 12 weeks, Kentucky employers are not required to provide any leave.

Where Can I Find a Local Lawyer to Help Me?

If you concerned about your rights as an employee, you should speak with a Kentucky labor lawyer immediately. A lawyer will help you build a case and represent you during negotiations or in court.