Wyoming has generally chosen not to pass specific labor laws, but instead has chosen to rely on federal laws. This is mostly due to the small population size of Wyoming. If you are employed in Wyoming, then you will want to understand that most of your employment protections are found under federal law.
Part-time vs. Full-time
Wyoming does not make a designation of “part-time” or “full-time” employment status. For overtime purposes, however, an employee must generally work over 40 hours during a work week to be compensated at the higher overtime rate.
Wyoming is one of the few states with a stated minimum wage ($5.15) that is below the federal minimum wage rate of $7.25. As such, the federal minimum wage rate applies. The federal minimum wage protections are contained in the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).
Overtime is also covered by the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Generally, anyone working over 40 hours during a given work week must be compensated at one and half times their normal work rate. For example, an employee who normally makes $10.00 per hour would be compensated at $15.00 per hour for each hour worked over 40 during the work week.
Like most states, and as provided by federal law, in Wyoming it is illegal for an employer to discriminate against a person due to a disability, or because of age (40 and over), sex, race, creed, color, disability, national origin, ancestry or pregnancy.
Paid Vacation, Health Coverage and Other Benefits
Generally, no specific benefits are required by Wyoming law. There are federal laws that provide protections for:
- Workplace safety and health,
- Worker’s compensation,
- Retirement savings security,
- Family and medical leave, and
- Union creation and membership.
Where Can I Find the Right Lawyer to Help Me?
If you are not receiving the employment protections that you deserve., then contact a local Wyoming labor lawyer today.