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Understanding the Fair Labor Standards Act

Whether you are an employer or an employee in Florida, it is important for you to understand some of the basic laws governing your employment relationships. Many laws are designed specifically to protect employee rights and understanding what exactly is and is not required is important in the event that a dispute arises.

One piece of legislation you should be acquainted with is the Fair Labor Standards Act. As explained by the U.S. Department of Labor, this law is overseen by the Wage and Hour Division as it largely concerns itself with the payment of wages. It does not, however dictate any minimum or maximum number of days that a person may be asked to work in a work period nor how many hours per day a person is scheduled to work.

Some things that the FLSA outlines are guidelines for what records must be kept, overtime and regular earnings payments. Outside of regular and overtime pay, other financial compensation is outside the scope of the FLSA. This includes holiday, vacation, sick or other forms of pay. The FLSA also does not provide requirements around rest times for meals or other types of breaks. Private and public employers may be covered by the FLSA including municipal, state and federal employers. The FLSA does also provide some stipulations regarding child labor.

If you would like to learn more about the requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act and what businesses are covered, please feel free to visit the workplace legislation page of our Florida employment law website.

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