Nebraska Wage and Hour Investigations: What you need to know

Nebraska's labor commissioner has the authority to subpoena records and witnesses regarding minimum wage provisions. The commissioner (or his or her authorized representative) has the right to inspect all wage-related records and to gather relevant testimony (NE Rev. Stat. Sec. 48-1206).
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The state's Equal Opportunity Commission may enter a place of employment to inspect and copy wage-related records and to compare the character of employees’ work to determine whether there has been a violation of Nebraska’s equal pay provisions. In addition, the Commission may ask questions, examine witnesses under oath, and require, by subpoena, witnesses to testify and employers to provide relevant records. Any employer found in violation of the law will be liable to the employee or employees affected in the amount of their unpaid wages and double that amount if the violation is willful (NE Rev. Stat. Sec. 48-1222).
Minimum wage. Failure to comply with minimum wage provisions is considered a Class IV misdemeanor, and an employer must pay an affected employee unpaid minimum wages, costs, and reasonable attorneys’ fees (NE Rev. Stat. Sec. 48-1206). There is additional information and more details about minimum wage requirements.
Payment of wages. An employer who violates laws pertaining to wage payments must pay an affected employee unpaid wages, and in the case of willful violations, double the amount of unpaid wages (NE Rev. Stat. Sec. 48-1231 and Sec. 48-1232). An employer that fails to furnish an itemized statement requested by an employee may be guilty of an infraction. Under certain circumstances, the employer must also pay attorneys’ fees equal to at least 25 percent of the unpaid wages (NE Rev. Stat. ...

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