Alabama Labor Laws

In 2022, Alabama’s state minimum wage is $7.25 per hour.

In Alabama, the tipped minimum wage is $2.13/hour.

In calculating the overtime rate for the tipped employee, the restaurateur must multiply the minimum wage ($7.25 per hour) by 1½ (1.5), subtract the tip credit ($5.12 per hour), multiply that figure by the number of overtime hours worked, and then add that sum to their 40-hour total. 

Employers are required to provide break periods of at least 30 minutes for minors ages 14 through 17 who work 5 or more consecutive hours and are going to continue to work. Employers are not required to give breaks for employees 18 and over. If your employer allows breaks, and they last less than 20 minutes, you must be paid for the break. If your employer allows meal periods, the employer is not required to pay you for your meal period if it lasts more than 20 minutes and you do no work during that time.

Employers are not required to provide employees with sick leave benefits, either paid or unpaid.

You must be paid by the next regular payday.

Alabama does not have a Department of Labor, but there are three federal department of labor offices in the state of Alabama. You can reach out directly to them by clicking HERE. In addition, below is our list of recommended labor lawyers to help you out.

Employment Law Firms

Beckum Law

Over the past 14 years, Mr. Beckum has represented employees in all types of employment law cases in Alabama and across the country. He has successfully litigated cases ranging from discrimination and sexual harassment to overtime pay violations. He has represented individuals in nearly every type industry including teachers, nurses, police officers, sales representatives, medical professionals, and executives.