United States Department of Labor - Wage and Hour Division
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Administers and enforces the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), Website: www.dol.gov/elaws/esa/fmla/faq.asp, and a number of other labor laws.
The FLSA establishes minimum wage, overtime pay, record keeping, and child labor standards which affect full and part time workers in the private sector and in federal, state, and local governments. The enforcement of the FLSA is carried out by compliance officers who have the authority to conduct investigations and gather data on wages, hours, and other employment conditions or practices.
The Fair Labor Standards Act:
- Sets the minimum wage at $7.25/hour
- Requires most employers to pay time and a half after 40 hours per week (for hourly workers)
- Sets Child Labor Standards to protect children under the age of 18
The Fair Labor Standards act DOES NOT require employers to provide
- Vacation pay
- Holiday pay
- Severance pay
- Sick pay
- Meal breaks
- Rest periods
- Holidays off
- Premium pay for weekend or holiday work
- Pay raises
- Fringe benefits
- Discharge notices
- Reasons for discharge
- Immediate pay of final wages at time of employee's discharge