Frequently Asked Questions
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- 1. What is the minimum wage?
January 1st 2014, the minimum wage is $8.70 per hour. For
minors working in agriculture or government, it is 85% of minimum wage, and
for minors working in other industries, it is 85% for the first 200 hours.
This is covered in
Section 31-58 and
of the CT State Statutes.
What is the
minimum wage for Service employees (waitpersons and bartenders)?
wage for service employees is $8.70 per hour with a gratuity allowance of
34.6% of the minimum wage for waitpersons and $8.70 per hour with a
gratuity allowance of 15.6% of the minimum wage for bartenders The base wage
remains at $5.69 per hour
and $7.34 for bartenders.
IMPORTANT NOTE: All state and federal taxes are
required to be paid based on at least the $8.70 minimum wage (gross wages).
3. When is my
employer required to pay me overtime?
After 40 hours of actual work in the same work
week. It is calculated at one and one-half times your regular rate of pay.
This is covered under the CT State Statutes in the following sections:
4. Am I due overtime after working
8 hours in a day, or on a Sunday, or on a holiday?
No, unless by employment agreement.
- 5. Is my employer required to
provide me a break?
Connecticut state law does not require
your employer to provide you a break. For additional information, please see
"Is my employer required to provide me a meal period?" below.
Is my employer
required to provide me a meal period?
Your employer must provide you a meal period
of at least 30 consecutive minutes if you have worked for 7 and one-half or
more consecutive hours. However, the Labor Commissioner will exempt your
employer from this requirement if one of the following conditions is
a. complying with this requirement would endanger public safety;
b. the duties of the position can only be performed by one employee;
the employer employs less than 5 employees on that shift at that one
business location (this only applies to that particular shift); or,
the employer's operation requires that employees be available to respond to
urgent conditions, and that the employees are compensated for the meal
Meal period requirements are covered under
31-51ii of the
Conn. State Statutes.
7. Does my employer have to
provide me vacation pay or holiday pay?
No. These are fringe benefits provided at the
discretion of your employer. They are not required by law.
8. Does my employer have to
provide me sick pay?
Regarding sick leave or sick
days, employers are required to comply with the Paid Sick Leave Act, P.A.
Click here to obtain
information on the Paid Sick Leave Act.
9. Can my employer cut my pay,
reduce my hours or benefits, or change my job duties?
Yes, as long as you are notified in
advance of the pay period and in writing. This is covered in the
CT General Statute Section 31-71f.
10. If I owe my employer money, or
my employer wishes to deduct from my wages errors I have made,
can these wages be withheld?
No, your employer may not withhold or divert
wages unless provided specifically by law. This is covered in
CT General Statute Section 31-71e.
- 11. When must my employer pay
me my wages when I am terminated?
- If you are discharged, your
employer must pay you the next business day. If you are laid off
or you quit, your employer must pay you the next regular pay
12. What do I do if my employer
did not pay me all the money I am owed?
You can file a
Statement of Claim for Wages.
This form can be given to you at any
Connecticut Works Career Center or, you can contact the Wage and
Workplace Standards Division at (860) 263-6790. It is also available on-line
at the following link:
Statement of Claim for Wages.
Return the completed form to the address listed on the form.