The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) , which prescribes standards for the basic minimum wage and overtime pay, affects most private and public employment. It requires employers to pay covered employees who are not otherwise exempt at least the federal minimum wage and overtime pay of one-and-one-half-times the regular rate of pay. For nonagricultural operations, it restricts the hours that children under age 16 can work and forbids the employment of children under age 18 in certain jobs deemed too dangerous. For agricultural operations, it prohibits the employment of children under age 16 during school hours and in certain jobs deemed too dangerous. The Act is administered by the Employment Standards Administration's Wage and Hour Division within the U.S. Department of Labor.
General Information on the FLSA - The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) establishes minimum wage, overtime pay, recordkeeping, and child labor standards affecting full-time and part-time workers in the private sector and in federal, state, and local governments.
The Handy Reference Guide to the FLSA - The FLSA establishes minimum wage, overtime pay, recordkeeping, and youth employment standards affecting full-time and part-time workers in the private sector and in federal, state, and local governments.
Questions and Answers About the Minimum Wage - The federal minimum wage for covered nonexempt employees is $5.15 an hour. The federal minimum wage provisions are contained in the FLSA. Many states also have minimum wage laws.
Filing a complaint - DOL's Wage and Hour Division manages complaints regarding violations of the various laws and regulations it administers. To file a complaint concerning one of these laws, contact your nearest Wage and Hour Division office or call the Department's Toll-Free Wage and Hour Help Line at 1-866-4-US-WAGE.
Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) Section 14(c) Advisor — Helps employers, employees and their family members understand FLSA Section 14(c), which authorizes employers, after receiving a certificate from DOL, to pay less than the federal minimum wage to workers who have disabilities for the work being performed.
Every employer covered by the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) must keep certain records for each covered, nonexempt worker. There is no required form for the records, but the records must include accurate information about the employee and data about the hours worked and the wages earned. The following is a listing of the basic records that an employer must maintain:
Employee's full name, as used for social security purposes, and on the same record, the employee's identifying symbol or number if such is used in place of name on any time, work, or payroll records;
Address, including zip code;
Birth date, if younger than 19;
Sex and occupation;
Time and day of week when employee's workweek begins. Hours worked each day and total hours worked each workweek;
Basis on which employee's wages are paid;
Regular hourly pay rate;
Total daily or weekly straight-time earnings;
Total overtime earnings for the workweek;
All additions to or deductions from the employee's wages;
Total wages paid each pay period;
Date of payment and the pay period covered by the payment.
Employment Law Guide - Wages in Supply & Equipment Contracts - Describes the coverage and basic requirements of the Walsh-Healey Public Contracts Act (PCA) for contractors with contracts in excess of $10,000 for the manufacturing or furnishing of materials, supplies, articles, or equipment to the U.S. government or the District of Columbia. Covered contractors must pay employees on contracts the federal minimum wage of $5.15 an hour. See also Compliance Assistance By Law - The Walsh-Healey Public Contracts Act.
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