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Fair Labor Standards Act

The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), also known as the Wages and Hours Bill, describes a minimum standards set to a national standard.  It details a set national minimum wage, sets a cap of 44 hours worked in a workweek of 7 days, along with outlining standards on equality and respect within the workplace.  All employers must comply with the FLSA.

The FLSA was originally drafted by Hugo Black, and U.S. Senator, in1932, and was implemented in 1938.  The FLSA was implemented for a number of reasons.  One of the more pressing reasons, was to abolish child labor.  Other pressing reasons were to create a national minimum wage standard, along with providing reasonable time off for employees.

FLSA Amendments and Protection

The FLSA is one of the most significant pieces of legislation passed, as it pertains to all workers and their rights.  Some significant amendments to the FLSA include:

  •         The Equal Pay Act (1963) – Set an equal pay standard for men and women who perform the same work.
  •         The Age Discrimination Act (1967) – People over the age of 40 became protected against discrimination in the workplace based on their age.  This also ensured that they received health benefits, and were not denied based on age.
  •         The Migrant and Seasonal Agricultural Workers Protection Act (1983) – Offers protection for migrant and seasonal farm workers.
  •         Fair Minimum Wage Act (2007) – Enacted an increase to the federal minimum wage.
  •         The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (2010) – Gave nursing mothers the right to have an area, other than the bathroom, and a break if needed, to nurse their children or to expel milk as needed.

Many employers attempt to take advantage of their employees by offering less based on gender, by requiring them to work overtime constantly, or by paying less than the national minimum wage.  It is imperative that all people in the workforce fully understands their rights as workers.  If you are concerned about unfair treatment or mistreatment in your workplace, you should discuss your situation with an employment law attorney in Minneapolis. We welcome your call today at 952-361-5556 (or fill out the free case evaluation form below) to help you through the legal issues of your case.

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