What is the Fair Labor Standards Act? The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), which applies to most private and public employment, provides standards for minimum wage
and overtime pay
, and details how covered worktime must be compensated, The Fair Labor Standards Act also contains provisions related to child labor, and equal pay.
The FLSA mandates that employers pay covered employees at least the federal minimum wage and overtime pay of one-and-one-half-times the regular pay rate (unless otherwise exempt).
Under the Act, children under 16 must work limited hours (with the exception of agricultural positions) and those under 18 cannot work in positions considered to be too dangerous. FLSA is administered by the Employment Standards Administration's Wage and Hour Division.
Also Known As: Fair Labor Standards, FLSA
Common Misspellings: Fair Labor Standard
The Fair Labor Standards Act establishes the federal minimum wage and sets requirements for overtime pay.