The Federal Labor Standards Act (FLSA) sets the criteria for overtime pay, minimum wage, recordkeeping, and youth employment for employees in both the private and public sectors. Effective July 24, 2009, nonexempt workers covered by the FLSA are entitled to a minimum wage of $7.25 per hour. In addition, unless an employee is exempt from FLSA's overtime provisions, they must be paid one-and-a-half times their regular hourly rate for any hour exceeding the 40-hour workweek. FLSA’s child labor regulations provide protections for minors aged 14 to 17 years old, which include restrictions on work hours, and a list of occupations deemed too hazardous for minors to perform.
The Fair Labor Standards Act requires an employer to:
Employers typically engage in a lot of business practices that the FLSA does not require them to do. These include:
The Fair Labor Standards Act contains some exemptions from its basic requirements depending on the type of business or work that the employer and employees engage in. Frequently, the overtime provision, the minimum wage provision, or both provisions will not apply. Some common occupations and employees not covered under all or parts of the FLSA are:
An employment attorney can help you determine whether you are an employee entitled to overtime pay or a minimum wage under the Fair Labor Standards Act. An attorney can also assist you with a claim if you believe your employer has not paid you the minimum wage, for hours worked above a 40-hour workweek, and for any dispute regarding pay. If you are an employer, a lawyer will make sure you are in compliance with state and federal employment laws.
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