The Fair Labor Standards Act, or FLSA, has laws that set requirements for various aspects of employment. There're standards in the Fair Labor Standards Act that set standards in place for: overtime pay, minimum wage, record keeping and employment of youths in private and public sectors.The Fair Labor Standards Act ensures that nonexempt workers, that fall under the act, are entitled to minimum wage, which is the absolute lowest amount an employer can pay an employee for doing their job. Minimum wage may be adjusted over time—and has been adjusted over time historically. Minimum wage may also vary by state, but may not fall below the federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour.Unless an employee is exempt from the Fair Labor Standards Act, they have overtime requirements and must be paid 1.5 times their regular hourly pay rate for any work that exceeds the 40 hour work week. This is also known as “being paid time and a half”.The Fair Labor Standards Act also provides protections for minors who are aged 14 to 17 years of age. This is under a section in the FLSA about child labor regulations, and these restrictions include maximum work hours, and occupations that children in this age group cannot work.If you feel that you or someone you know has been mistreated by an employer and is not receiving the standards laid out beneath theFair Labor Standards Act, reach out to an FLSA lawyer such as the ones atCohen & Cohen Law Firm.
Fair Labor Standard Act Requirements To Consider
The FLSA creates many requirements for employers. The FLSA laws state:
Employers must pay their employees at least minimum wage.
They must pay their employees overtime pay (1.5 times pay or pay and a half) for working over 40 hours in a week.
They must adhere to child labor provisions.
They must maintain various records of employment such as hours, wages, and other wage records that a business would ordinarily keep.
Record Keeping Standards Under the FLSA
The FLSA requires your employer to keep records on you, such as wages, hours of work, and other important information. Some of these records are:
Personal information such as name, address, occupation, sex and the date of birth (especially if the employee is under 19).
The day hour that work begins.
The day work begins.
The total hours worked each week and day.
This is not a complete list, but if you suspect that your employer is mismanaging their records to work you over your agreed upon hours without the time and a half pay rate (for 40+ hour work weeks), or providing you a lower pay rate than federal minimum wage, you’ll want to reach out to a lawyer.Your lawyer will best be able to tell you if they have a chance of winning your case, they’ll know what information they need to gather and if they need other witnesses and claimants.