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Fair Labor Standards Act

What is the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)?

Fair Labor Standards Act FLSA is a federal law that was passed to protect employee(s) or worker(s) from certain unfair, unethical and unprofessional practices while working for an organization.
FLSA establishes standards for,

  • Minimum wage
  • Overtime pay
  • Recordkeeping
  • And Child Labor

History of Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)

The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) was passed in 1938 in the presidency of Franklin Roosevelt who came face to face with the impact of the Great Depression on the United States and some other countries. Since FLSA's inception in 1938, the legislation has been amended several times.

Minimum Wage: At first the minimum wage was set as 25 cents per hour. Now the minimum wage for the workers covered by FLSA is $7.25 per hour.

Overtime Pay: At first the non exempt employee(s) or worker(s) was allowed to work 44 hours a week which was then revised in 1940 to 40 hours per week. If a/the non exempt employee(s) or worker(s) overstepped the limited working hours, the employer will be liable to pay the overtime.

Recordkeeping: Employer must maintain records that can identify the employee and keep tracking employee’s time and attendance, and pay records.

Child Labor: Accordingly to FLSA children under the age of fourteen (14) are not allowed to work, however, can only contribute their work in a/the certain family business or agricultural industry. Children under the age of eighteen (18) are not allowed to work in any hazardous environment which causes serious health issues.

Related: FLSA Status