The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), also known as the federal Wage and Hour Law, regulates minimum wage, overtime, equal pay, recordkeeping, and child labor for employees of enterprises engaged in interstate or foreign commerce and employees of state and local governments. The FLSA is enforced by the Wage and Hour Division of DOL.
Although the FLSA applies in all states, it permits states to regulate areas not covered by the FLSA and to afford workers greater protections. Where state law and the FLSA conflict, employers must follow the provision that is more favorable to the employee.
There are a number of employment practices that the FLSA does not regulate. For example, it does not require vacation, holiday, severance, or sick pay; meal or rest periods, or time off for holidays or vacations; premium pay for weekend or holiday work; pay raises or fringe benefits; and a discharge notice, reason for discharge, or immediate payment of final wages to terminated employees.