When it comes to the workplace, it’s not always as simple as the paperwork and paperwork is.
And in many states, there are rules that can make it hard to get a raise.
Here are some tips to help make sure you’re on track to get the best deal in your field.
Understand the law When you apply for a job, you need to make a determination on what you want to do with your time.
Are you interested in working part-time?
Full-time or on-call?
Is it important for your career advancement?
If so, you may want to consult with your state labor department, according to the National Association of State Directors of Labor.
A state’s Labor Department can provide more information on its policies and requirements for employment.
In general, your state should offer a salary increase or contract raise, according the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) chapter.
State laws vary by state, and the guidelines vary.
Check your contract You’re not necessarily in the clear on what your state’s minimum wage is, and you may be underpaid, according a 2013 article by the Economic Policy Institute.
The Institute looked at the median pay for full-time and part- time employees in 50 states and found that the median full- or part-timer hourly wage was $10.20.
For part-timers, the median hourly wage for full and part timers was $11.30, according Economic Policy.
If you are underpaid for your job, the best way to get ahead is to find a job with better compensation.
“If you don’t have an extra $2,000 or $3,000 in your pocket, you’re not going to have a good return on investment,” said John Binder, a professor at the University of Michigan School of Management.
Learn your state laws The laws are also complex and vary state to state.
For example, the New York State Labor Commission’s website has a good overview of wage laws.
You can find out the minimum wage for each state in the New Mexico State Constitution, which was approved by voters in 2000.
The website also has a detailed table of minimum wage laws in each state, which has been updated periodically.
In New York, minimum wage law is spelled out in the state’s wage and hour code.
The table also includes other wage and hourly laws that may apply to part- or full-timing employees, such as minimum overtime rates, child care tax credits, and overtime protections.
Take advantage of other benefits If you have a job offer, check the state unemployment benefits program to see if you may qualify for unemployment compensation.
For information about federal unemployment, you can visit the website of the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).
The Bureau of Economic Analysis also has information about the federal unemployment benefits, which includes information about benefits and how they are calculated.
Make sure you pay attention to your salary When you’re interviewing for a position, be sure to ask about your salary and benefits.
Some states allow employers to make decisions on a prospective employee’s salary based on the position, such that an applicant is eligible for a pay raise or contract increase based on his or her salary.
However, if you’re a part- and full-timer, you’ll need to find out how your state pays your salary, said Steve Vesely, a former BLS employee and the director of employment services for the National Employment Law Project.
“Your employer will know your salary based off your job title,” he said.
You’ll also need to be able to show you earned a salary of at least $15 per hour at the beginning of the year, as well as proof of work experience, which can be obtained by filing a claim with the Labor Department.
For more tips on finding the best job for you, see the Business Insider Jobs Guide.
Consider the benefits available to you The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has more information about what benefits are available for part-titlers and fulltime employees.
For additional tips, check out the American Bar Association’s National Employment Lawyers Association’s Guide to Federal Labor Law.