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Fair Labor Standards Act: Overview

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The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) covers the federal minimum wage, rules on overtime pay and child labor regulations.

You must comply with the FLSA’s provisions if your organization is engaged in commerce, has annual gross income of $500,000, is a public agency or operates a hospital, health care facility or school. 

Even employers that don’t meet the above criteria may find that an employee during some workweeks engages in interstate commerce: i.e., takes or makes calls to another state or sends or receives e-mails interstate. Also, be aware that the child labor and minimum-wage provisions apply to virtually every employer.

The FLSA covers domestic service workers (such as day workers, housekeepers, chauffeurs, cooks and full-time baby sitters) if they receive at least $1,700 in cash wages from their employer in a calendar year or work more than eight hours a week for one or more employers.

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