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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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95238news.aspxNews 10 Sins of Employee Wage and Hour (Video): Sin #2 – Failure to Pay for All Hours Worked 04/16/2014National
95269news.aspxNews 10 Sins of Employee Wage and Hour Video: Sin #7 – Forgetting State Law 04/24/2014National
88308faqs.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? 06/17/2011National
88238faqs.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? 06/14/2011National
83216faqs.aspxQuestions & Answers Can a profit organization use a volunteer? Are there any legal issues with this? 08/25/2010National
80428faqs.aspxQuestions & Answers Can an employer require employees to volunteer? 08/07/2009National
88306faqs.aspxQuestions & Answers Can non-exempt employees be required to work 50 hours a week (as long as overtime requirements are met)? 06/17/2011National
90776faqs.aspxQuestions & Answers Can we reduce a salaried employee's workweek by one day and reduce pay accordingly? Can we make employees use vacation time? 01/23/2012National
87446timesavers.aspxChecklists Checklist for Unpaid Internship Programs  National
82177faqs.aspxQuestions & Answers Do interns have to be paid? 04/27/2010National
82571faqs.aspxQuestions & Answers Do PTO time and health insurance count as compensation for purposes of satisfying the salary test for exemption from the FLSA? 06/22/2010National
81190faqs.aspxQuestions & Answers Do we need to pay nonexempt employees for time spent volunteering at a company-sponsored charitable event? 11/11/2009National
93655faqs.aspxQuestions & Answers Do you have to pay overtime for hours worked that are classified as "waiting to engage for work" hours? 05/24/2013National
92186faqs.aspxQuestions & Answers Does an employer have to give employees advance notice of a furlough? 08/24/2012National
76824state_comparison_charts.aspxGuidance DOL Letter: Home sales employees and section 13(a)(1)  National
76821state_comparison_charts.aspxGuidance DOL Opinion Letter: Boat Captain and section 13(b)(6)  National
76801state_comparison_charts.aspxGuidance DOL Opinion Letter: Cash shortage deductions from commission payments and section 13(a)(1)  National
76802state_comparison_charts.aspxGuidance DOL Opinion Letter: Employees paid on an annual basis and section 11(c)  National
76793state_comparison_charts.aspxGuidance DOL Opinion Letter: Foreign currency and salary basis requirement under section 13(a)(1)  National
17508state_comparison_charts.aspxGuidance DOL Opinion Letter: Paralegals and section 13(a)(1)  National
76789state_comparison_charts.aspxGuidance DOL Opinion Letter: Police officers who work for a third party servicing a city-owned coliseum and section 7(p)(1)  National
78462state_comparison_charts.aspxGuidance DOL Opinion Letter: Police officers working for city convention authority and section 7(p)(1)  National
76791state_comparison_charts.aspxGuidance DOL Opinion Letter: Salaried non-exempt employees? sick leave and fluctuating workweek overtime  National
17521state_comparison_charts.aspxGuidance DOL Opinion Letter: Academic advisors and intervention specialists under section 13(a)(1)  National
17539state_comparison_charts.aspxGuidance DOL Opinion Letter: Accountants paid on fee basis and section 13(a)(1)  National
76800state_comparison_charts.aspxGuidance DOL Opinion Letter: Acquisition, relocation, and property management agents for land acquisition firm under section 13(a)(1)  National
17569state_comparison_charts.aspxGuidance DOL Opinion Letter: Airline affiliates and section 13(b)(3)  National
17613state_comparison_charts.aspxGuidance DOL Opinion Letter: Alternative work schedule and workweek under section 7  National
76855state_comparison_charts.aspxGuidance DOL Opinion Letter: Auto dealership's detailers and painters paid by flat rate under section 7(i)  National
76866state_comparison_charts.aspxGuidance DOL Opinion Letter: Automatic deduction of a 30-minute lunch period and recordkeeping  National
17520state_comparison_charts.aspxGuidance DOL Opinion Letter: Aviation museum curator and section 13(a)(1)  National
17542state_comparison_charts.aspxGuidance DOL Opinion Letter: Background investigators and section 13(a)(1)  National
17525state_comparison_charts.aspxGuidance DOL Opinion Letter: Beauty school instructors and section 13(a)(1)  National
76847state_comparison_charts.aspxGuidance DOL Opinion Letter: Blended rate pay plan under section 7  National
76809state_comparison_charts.aspxGuidance DOL Opinion Letter: Bona fide sick/vacation leave plan and section 13(a)(1)  National
76849state_comparison_charts.aspxGuidance DOL Opinion Letter: Bonus payments based on full-year employment and section 7(e)(3)(a)  National
17596state_comparison_charts.aspxGuidance DOL Opinion Letter: Bonus payments included in regular rate of pay  National
17526state_comparison_charts.aspxGuidance DOL Opinion Letter: Bookkeeper/office manager, maintenance supervisor and maintenance personnel under section 13(a)(1)  National
17555state_comparison_charts.aspxGuidance DOL Opinion Letter: Brush eradication and agriculture  National
17527state_comparison_charts.aspxGuidance DOL Opinion Letter: Call-back pay and section 7(e)(2)  National
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