Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) laws & HR compliance analysis

Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA): What you need to know

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 (WHD) of the U.S. Department of Labor (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; 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.
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Employers faced with a pandemic need to know how to manage a variety of wage and hour issues. Federal law has addressed many of the factors to consider when preparing for or working through a pandemic, as outlined below. Keep in mind that individual state laws or collective bargaining agreements may apply as well.
There is no federal law that sets out how often or in what form employers must pay wages to employees. Virtually all states regulate how frequently employers must pay employees their wages. State laws also specify the length of time that may elapse between the end of the pay period and payday. Even in the case of a pandemic, ...

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