Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)

The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) is a federal law that requires employers to pay nonexempt employees a minimum wage and overtime pay, generally when they work more than 40 hours in a week. Only resources that involve the federal FLSA are tagged with the FLSA topic. State-specific resources are tagged with the Wage and Hour topic and any relevant subtopics.

Coverage of the FLSA in the Employment Law Guide is broken out into the following interrelated sections:

  • Minimum Wage, including the basics of the minimum wage, deductions, uniform allowances, subminimum wages and more;
  • Overtime, including how to calculate how much overtime an employee is owed;
  • Hours Worked, including which activities do or do not count as working time for which employees must be paid, such as meal and rest breaks, waiting time, on-call time, travel and more;
  • Employee Classification, including which types of employees are exempt from the FLSA's overtime requirements; and
  • Child Labor, including the times of work minors may perform, and when they may perform them;
  • Recordkeeping, including the FLSA's unique recordkeeping requirements; and
  • Enforcement, Liability, Prevention and Defense, including how the FLSA is enforced, the penalties for violations, ways to prevent FLSA claims, and employer defenses against government investigations and employee lawsuits.

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HR and legal consideration for employers regarding the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Guidance and support on following all of the FLSA rules and regulations.