Jamie A. McCall
March 8, 2013
The purpose of this paper is to provide an overview of the Fair Labor Standards Act. This paper will explore the minimum wage law, record keeping, compensation, and equal pay and child labor laws. This law covers fulltime and part time workers in the federal, state, and local governments. The act is enforced by the United States Department of Labor, wage, and hour division. The Fair Labor Standards Act may be exceeded but they cannot be waived or reduced. Over the years the act has been amended many times. Because the Fair Labor Standards Act contains so much information this paper will only highlight some of the provisions of the law.
What is the Fair Labor Standards Act?
The Fair Labor Standards Act was enacted in 1938 as a part of President Franklin Roosevelt’s “New Deal” legislation. The goal of this act is to maintain the minimum standards of living necessary for health efficiency, and the general well-being of workers. 130 million workers in more than 7 million places are protected by the Fair labor Standards Act. The act covers employees who are engaged in the production of goods for interstate and foreign commerce. The minimum wage rate, overtime payments, child labor laws, and equal rights are a major provision in the Fair labor Standards Act.
The minimum wage rate as of 2009 is $7.25 per hour. Every employee is required by law to post Employee Rights under the Fair Labor Standards Act. Under this act, an employer must pay an employee for the work that is done. Employees must receive the minimum wage rate for each pay period and an employer cannot use a pay period to correct the violation. There are three primary functions involved with the minimum wage law. Compensation, Employee tips and wages, and hours worked. Compensation
An employer must pay an employee adequate compensation to...