Hours & Pay Regulations
A workweek is a period of 168 hours during seven (7) consecutive 24-hour periods. It may begin on any day of the week and at any hour of the day established by the employer. Generally, for purposes of minimum wage and overtime payment, each workweek stands alone; there can be no averaging of two (2) or more workweeks. Employee coverage, compliance with wage payment requirements, and the application of most exemptions are determined on a workweek basis.
Covered employees must be paid for all hours worked in a workweek. In general, ‘hours worked’ includes all time an employee must be on duty, or on the employer’s premises or at any other prescribed place of work. Also included is any additional time the employee is allowed (i.e., suffered or permitted) to work.
Wyoming has no general provision governing overtime pay, but most employees would be subject to the federal Fair Labor Standards Act, which requires that all work in excess of 40 hours per week be paid at a rate of one-and-one-half times the employee’s regular rate of pay.
Wyoming labor laws do not have any laws requiring an employer to provide a meal period or breaks to employees, thus the federal rule applies. The federal rule does not require an employer to provide either a meal (lunch) period or breaks. However, if an employer chooses to do so, breaks, usually of the type lasting less than twenty (20) minutes, must be paid. Meal or lunch periods (usually thirty (30) minutes or more) do not need to be paid, so long as the employee is free to do as they wish during the meal or lunch period).
Breast Feeding Break
The FLSA requires employers to provide reasonable break time for a nursing mother employee who is subject to the FLSA’s overtime requirements in order for the employee to express breast milk for her nursing child for one year after the child’s birth each time such employee has a need to express breast milk. Employers are also required to provide a place, other than a bathroom, that is shielded from view and free from intrusion from coworkers and the public, which may be used by the employee to express breast milk.
Wyoming law does not require private employers to provide employees with either paid or unpaid holiday leave. If an employer chooses to provide either paid or unpaid holiday leave, it must comply with the terms of its established policy or employment contract.
In Wyoming, a private employer can require an employee to work holidays. A private employer does not have to pay an employee premium pay, such as 1½ times the regular rate, for working on holidays, unless such time worked qualifies the employee for overtime under standard overtime laws.
State law does not require employers to provide any type of employee fringe benefits such as holiday pay, PTO, vacation pay, etc. to their employees. However, when an employer chooses to provide such benefits that the employer is responsible for establishing a written policy outlining how those benefits are earned and paid.
Employees covered by Wyoming’s minimum wage law must be paid $5.15 an hour unless they are covered by the federal Fair Labor Standards Act. Under the Fair Labor Standards Act, the federal minimum wage is currently $7.25 per hour.
The above information on minimum wages might not be up to date & subject to change. Kindly access the DOL website for the current rates.
There are no general or youth provisions regarding meal and rest breaks. However, if the employer agrees to provide breaks for their employees, there may be Federal work hour rules that apply.
- Leave (paid or unpaid, at employer’s discretion) of up to five years for active duty, training or a qualifying physical exam;
- Right to maintain health coverage at their own cost while on military leave (must also continue to accrue sick, annual, vacation or military leave on the same basis);
- Returning members who apply for reemployment within the appropriate timeframe, based on length of service, must be reinstated to original positions. Reinstated employees may not be terminated without cause for one year.
Last updated on: June 10th, 2020