Susan E. Prince, JD, is a Legal Editor for BLR’s human resources and employment law publications. Ms. Prince has 15 years of experience as an attorney and writer in the field of human resources and has published numerous articles on a variety of human resources and employment topics, including compensation, benefits, workers’ compensation, discrimination, work/life issues, termination, and military leave. Ms. Prince also served as an expert on several audio conferences discussing the 2004 changes to the federal regulations under the Fair Labor Standards Act. Before starting her career in publishing, Ms. Prince practiced law for several years in the insurance industry and served as president of a retail sales business. Ms. Prince received her law degree from Vermont Law School.
Video: Watch Susan's video on the DOL's Proposed Overtime Regulations
Not everyone who performs services for an employer is an employee. For example, many employers use the services of independent contractors, students, trainees, and volunteers. Therefore, an important question to consider is whether those types of workers are actually considered “employees.” If they are, they will be covered by the Fair Labor Standards Act’s (FLSA) minimum wage, overtime, and recordkeeping requirements.
Minimum wage increases will affect numerous states across the country in January 2018.
The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) defines an employer to include “any person acting directly or indirectly in the interest of an employer in relation to an employee,” including a public agency. Unlike most other federal employment laws, employers do not need to employ a threshold number of employees to be covered. Instead, specific criteria are applied that are different for public and private employers.
Police and firefighters are a crucial part of our workplace safety, and they often work long, arduous hours. Police officers and firefighters have special overtime rules. Overtime pay for most employees is based on a 7-day workweek. Overtime pay for police officers, firefighters, and related employees, on the other hand, may be determined on a 28-day work period.
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