Indiana Employment Law: What are Employment Laws in Indiana?
Work days and hours in Indiana
Indiana State has not defined workdays and working hours in its laws, and therefore the Federal laws shall be applicable. As per Federal laws, the working days of the week as a total of 168 hours. Of the seven work days, it is mandatory to provide one work day off as rest for 24 hours. Special permission can be taken if employees voluntarily are ready to work without a break.
As per Federal laws, a total of 40 hours of work per week is classified as regular work hours. There is no specification in the Federal law for the break time to be given for employees. There is also no specification of break times for minor in Indian laws as well as Federal laws.
As per Indiana laws, reasonable break time needs to be given for nursing mothers to express breast milk. A private space is also required to be arranged with a refrigerator to store breast milk until the end of the day.
There are restrictions on the working of minors, below 14 years of age in any establishment.
Leave Laws in Indiana
- Sick leave: There is no requirement in Indiana law to provide paid sick leave. Unpaid sick leave may be taken by employees as per Federal laws.
- Vacation leave: Indiana does not mandate paid or unpaid vacation benefits to be given to employees. They need to provide it only if they have committed to do so at the time of joining.
- Holiday leave: There is no provision for holiday leave in Indiana. As per local law, employees can be asked to work on holidays.
- Jury duty leave: An employer is required to allow employees to go for jury duty, but is not required to grant leave.
- Voting leave: There is no requirement under Indiana law to compel employers to provide leave for their employees to vote.
Payment Laws in Indiana
The state requires that employees should be paid for all the hours they put in at work. This includes work they do at the employer's site and other sites.
- Any time spent on-call away from the employer’s site needs to be also considered as work hours if it was for the benefit of the employer.
- Time for travel taken for any work for the employers benefit should also be considered in the work hours.
- Regarding meeting, training and other such activities, the law of Indiana does not mention anything and hence whatever applicable Federal rules are there needs to be followed.
- Overtime needs to be paid at one and a half times regular pay if employees have to work more than 40 hours a week.
- As per Indiana law, the minimum wage paid to employees should be $7.25 per hour, which is as per the Federal laws.
- The minimum wage for employees who receive tips is $2.13 per hour.
- Apprentices, Learners, and the disabled cannot be paid a rate lower than the minimum wage that has been fixed. Trainees below 20 years of age can be paid $4.25 per hour.
- At the time of joining, employees need to be given a wage notice with details of wages paid, time and place of payment, etc.
- Wages must be paid twice a month. It must be paid within ten days after the end of the specified pay period.
- Employees can be paid by cash, check or direct deposit.
- The workplace needs to be smoke-free.
- Weapons may be banned in the workplace if the signs are placed.
- Use of phones for texting while driving is not allowed.
- Equal pay for both men and women are mandatory as per Indiana law.