The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) is a set of laws that’s meant to ensure that employees have consistent guidelines present for employers. Many components of the act have to do with the pay that employees receive. Factors like minimum wage and overtime pay are covered here.
Many components of the act are based on a workweek. The starting day of the workweek is set by the employer. It must always start on a specific day and at the same time. It continues on for 168 hours over the course of seven days, each of which consists of 24 hours.
For the purpose of the FLSA, each workweek is a standalone period. This means that overtime pay won’t carry over from one workweek to the next.
Employees must be paid for all hours they work per workweek. This includes any time that they are required to be on the work premises or a job site. Employers can’t require employees to remain at a certain location without paying them to do so.
Any employee who works more than 40 hours per workweek must be paid overtime pay. This is computed at 1.5 times the normal hourly pay the worker is normally paid. This can’t be lower than the established minimum wage. The minimum wage is the greater of the federal, state or local wage.
If workers think that they aren’t being paid properly, they can ask the appropriate government agency to step in and take a look. They might also opt to pursue legal action for the issue. It is best to pay them their fair wage, so you don’t have to deal with those issues for your company.