Understanding Your Rights Under the FLSA

The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) sets the stage for national wage and hour standards, serving as a fundamental protective measure for employees across various sectors. Essential components every worker should be aware of include:

      • Coverage Under the FLSA: The FLSA covers most of the workforce, including hourly and salaried workers, with certain exceptions for specific types of employment that are considered exempt from these standards.
      • Minimum Wage Requirements: Every covered employee is entitled to at least the federal minimum wage. Many states, however, enforce higher minimum wage rates, so it is essential to verify local wage laws.
      • Overtime Regulations: For non-exempt employees, the law requires overtime pay for any hours worked over 40 in a single workweek at a rate not less than one and a half times the regular pay rate.

These regulations ensure that employees are compensated fairly for their time and provide a legal basis for claims against unfair pay practices, helping to maintain a balanced and just workplace environment.