What does the Fair Labor Standards Act cover?

| Jan 17, 2020 | Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) |

There are many things that the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) requires of employers. It is imperative that you have at least a basic understanding of the applicable points of this law so that your company can comply with them.

Knowing the law also prevents your company from making concessions to employees that don’t have to be made.

What does the FLSA cover?

The FLSA covers minimum wage payments and overtime payments for nonexempt employees. For example, people who work more than 40 hours per workweek are due overtime pay for the overage.

There isn’t a limit to the number of daily hours for employees who are 16 years old or older. There are special protections for people who are under that age.

What’s not covered by the FLSA?

It doesn’t require you to provide sick pay, severance pay, vacation pay, rest periods or meal breaks. It also doesn’t require you to provide them with a higher pay for holidays or weekends. Some employees might falsely believe that they are entitled to all or part of those; however, they would only be entitled to them if it is due to company policy or the terms of an employment contract.

What happens when an employee alleges a violation?

An investigation will look into what happened. You will have a chance to show your company’s side of the matter. If there is a violation found, it will be handled according to the applicable laws. Because this can involve fines, it is best to ensure that your company is consistently complying with them. Having set protocol and standards helps to ensure this.

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