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Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)
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The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), also known as the federal Wage and Hour Law, regulates minimum wage, overtime, equal pay, recordkeeping, and child labor for employees of enterprises engaged in interstate or foreign commerce and employees of state and local governments. The FLSA is enforced by the Wage and Hour Division of the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL). The FLSA applies in all states, but states are permitted to develop their own laws and regulations to provide even greater protection for their workers than is provided under federal law. In cases in which the two laws conflict, the law most beneficial to the employee prevails. Therefore, it is essential that employers understand both the state and federal laws.
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151688index.aspxQuestions & Answers A supervisor in our division is having some difficulties with project managers meeting deadlines. He has proposed that employees can forfeit their pay until the work is done. What would be the possible implications under FLSA?  National
151682index.aspxQuestions & Answers All our potential employees recieve 1 week of training (considered 'voluntary') before they start earning commission. My question is: do we need to compensate at least min. wage for the 'training' time?  National
166332index.aspxQuestions & Answers An employee left work early and wants to make up the time next week. Do we have to pay overtime for extra hours over 40 in the week when she makes up the time?  National
160403index.aspxQuestions & Answers An employee wants to do cleaning services in addition to his regular duties. We would pay a flat rate per day and he would waive overtime. Is this allowed?  National
160961index.aspxQuestions & Answers An exempt employee wishes to earn extra money by working part-time in a nonexempt job for us. If she works over 40 hours altogether, do we owe overtime?  National
167330index.aspxQuestions & Answers Are police personnel exempt, i.e. chief asst. chief, captain?  National
151680index.aspxQuestions & Answers Are there any wage & hour laws governing an employee working more than one job?  National
160041index.aspxQuestions & Answers Can a profit organization use a volunteer? Are there any legal issues with this?  National
151692index.aspxQuestions & Answers Can an employer who was closed due to the blackout require exempt employees to use a vacation day to get paid for the day.  National
166331index.aspxQuestions & Answers Can non-exempt employees be required to work 50 hours a week (as long as overtime requirements are met)?  National
167187index.aspxQuestions & Answers Can we pay volunteers a small stipend or would that make them employees?  National
160870tools.aspxChecklists Checklist for Unpaid Internship Programs  National
154834index.aspxGuidance Computer Professionals and Overtime  National
151691index.aspxQuestions & Answers Do we have to allow additional time paid for employees to put on gowns and remove them?  National
167163index.aspxQuestions & Answers Does an employer have to give employees advance notice of a furlough?  National
153963index.aspxQuestions & Answers Does an employer have to pay at least minimum wage to an employee who does inside sales and is on straight commission?  National
153545index.aspxQuestions & Answers Does the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) require employers to pay for holidays and vacations?  National
158378index.aspxGuidance DOL Letter: Home sales employees and section 13(a)(1)  National
158380index.aspxGuidance DOL Opinion Letter: Boat Captain and section 13(b)(6)  National
158381index.aspxGuidance DOL Opinion Letter: Cash shortage deductions from commission payments and section 13(a)(1)  National
158382index.aspxGuidance DOL Opinion Letter: Employees paid on an annual basis and section 11(c)  National
158383index.aspxGuidance DOL Opinion Letter: Foreign currency and salary basis requirement under section 13(a)(1)  National
158384index.aspxGuidance DOL Opinion Letter: Paralegals and section 13(a)(1)  National
158385index.aspxGuidance DOL Opinion Letter: Police officers who work for a third party servicing a city-owned coliseum and section 7(p)(1)  National
158386index.aspxGuidance DOL Opinion Letter: Police officers working for city convention authority and section 7(p)(1)  National
158387index.aspxGuidance DOL Opinion Letter: Salaried non-exempt employees? sick leave and fluctuating workweek overtime  National
158388index.aspxGuidance DOL Opinion Letter: Academic advisors and intervention specialists under section 13(a)(1)  National
158389index.aspxGuidance DOL Opinion Letter: Accountants paid on fee basis and section 13(a)(1)  National
158390index.aspxGuidance DOL Opinion Letter: Acquisition, relocation, and property management agents for land acquisition firm under section 13(a)(1)  National
158391index.aspxGuidance DOL Opinion Letter: Airline affiliates and section 13(b)(3)  National
158392index.aspxGuidance DOL Opinion Letter: Alternative work schedule and workweek under section 7  National
158393index.aspxGuidance DOL Opinion Letter: Auto dealership's detailers and painters paid by flat rate under section 7(i)  National
158395index.aspxGuidance DOL Opinion Letter: Aviation museum curator and section 13(a)(1)  National
158396index.aspxGuidance DOL Opinion Letter: Background investigators and section 13(a)(1)  National
158397index.aspxGuidance DOL Opinion Letter: Beauty school instructors and section 13(a)(1)  National
158398index.aspxGuidance DOL Opinion Letter: Blended rate pay plan under section 7  National
158399index.aspxGuidance DOL Opinion Letter: Bona fide sick/vacation leave plan and section 13(a)(1)  National
158400index.aspxGuidance DOL Opinion Letter: Bonus payments based on full-year employment and section 7(e)(3)(a)  National
158401index.aspxGuidance DOL Opinion Letter: Bonus payments included in regular rate of pay  National
158402index.aspxGuidance DOL Opinion Letter: Bookkeeper/office manager, maintenance supervisor and maintenance personnel under section 13(a)(1)  National
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