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Understanding the Fair Labor Standards Act

The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) was passed by Congress on June 25, 1938. It was one of the last components of the New Deal legislation and outlawed child labor. It also guaranteed a minimum wage and a maximum hour work week. The act, at the time, benefited more than 22 million workers across the country.

The act is still in effect today even though the numbers have changed since its creation in 1938. It still has an impact on the workplace today and guarantees that employees are fairly provided appropriate compensation and hours in a work week.

Compliance Issues and Lawsuits

Lawsuits and other regulatory actions are quite common today, but it hasn't always been this way. Due to the increasing number of lawsuits, however, employers have been recommended to implement actions that allow them to pay closer attention to their employees and the hours they are working.

For example, cloud-based tracking is an accurate way employers can track their employees and their hours which can help them ensure compliance. This is especially helpful when it comes to people who are working remotely.

For overtime, it is also recommended that employees gain approval from their supervisors before working any overtime hours. This helps cut down on the amount of unauthorized work that is performed.

The Future of the FLSA

Trying to predict what new laws will pass in the future is proving to be quite a challenge. The economy continues to evolve at a rapid rate, and more people are taking on the role and status of independent contractor and employee. However, it is still going to be able to help those who are still working in a more traditional working environment.


If an employer fails to offer a fair wage or pay for authorized overtime at the end of the pay period, then you can contact your state employment agency or wage and hour department to file a claim.

What the FLSA Doesn't Do

The FLSA doesn't require that an employer provides its employees with any sick or personal time, or payment for any injuries or illness. However, these terms may be made privately with the employer and an authorized representative. The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) is what can provide certain employees with unpaid, job-protected leave for specific medical reasons.

For workplace injuries, you will want to inquire about workers' compensation through your employer.

The FLSA and Workplace Safety

Many of these rules are put in place and enforced regarding the employment of younger workers those under the age of 18. These rules are administered and enforced by the Wage and Hour Division and are in place to protect the health and well-being of the youth in the workplace.

If you are unsure of your rights under the Fair Labor Standards Act or you need help understanding how workers' compensation works, then you can seek the counsel of a professional and knowledgeable attorney.

Whether you have been involved in a workplace injury or you don't feel as if you are compensated appropriately for the work you are doing, you may have a case.