What Is the FLSA?
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What Is the FLSA?


The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) is a federal law that establishes minimum wage, overtime pay, recordkeeping and child labor standards for full-time and part-time workers in the private sector and in federal, state and local governments. 

Who Does the FLSA Cover?

All full-time and part-time workers in the private sector and federal, state and local governments are covered by the FLSA. Any overtime-eligible employee must receive overtime pay for all hours worked over 40 in a single workweek. The FLSA also classifies employees into 2 groups, exempt and non-exempt, for minimum wage and overtime purposes.

All employers must comply with FLSA regulations which maintain and enforce employment law. Failure to comply can result in harsh penalties including paying back wages to affected employees and fines. 

For more information on FLSA compliance, check out this article.

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