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May 3, 2013

HR Fact Friday: What FLSA Is Not About

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This is a reminder of what the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) is not about. Of course, FLSA does require payment of a minimum wage and overtime pay to nonexempt employees and it regulates the use of child labor. However, it does not define when someone is full or part time or regulate (or require) use of vacation, holiday, severance or sick pay. It does not dictate breaks or meal periods (but it does require that employees be paid for short breaks if provided and that meal times must be paid for unless the employee is relieved of work duties). Other than pay for over 40 hours, FLSA does not regulate or require premium pay for work on weekends or unusual hours and it does not deal with pay raises or fringe benefits. Finally, FLSA does not regulate number of hours worked for employees over age 16 or deal with or consider discharge notices. Of course, other state or federal laws may cover some of these issues, but it is not FLSA.

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