Fair Labor Standards Act


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Fair Labor Standards Act

or

Wages and Hours Act,

passed by the U.S. Congress in 1938 to establish minimum living standards for workers engaged directly or indirectly in interstate commerce, including those involved in production of goods bound for such commerce. A major provision of the act was establishment of a minimum wageminimum wage,
lowest wage legally permitted in an industry or in a government or other organization. The goal in establishing minimum wages has been to assure wage earners a standard of living above the lowest permitted by health and decency.
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, initially $0.25 an hour, along with a maximum workweek of 44 hours; these were to become to become $0.40 an hour and 40 hours after seven years. Other provisions set standards for overtime compensation and banned products of child laborchild labor,
use of the young as workers in factories, farms, and mines. Child labor was first recognized as a social problem with the introduction of the factory system in late 18th-century Great Britain.
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 from interstate commerce. A Wage and Hour Division was created in the Dept. of Labor, headed by an administrator empowered to accelerate the raising of standards within an industry if a committee representing the public as well as employers and labor recommended change. Classes of workers initially exempt from the act included agricultural and seasonal laborers, handlers of perishable foods, and workers in certain industries covered by collective bargaining. The Fair Labor Standards Act has been amended repeatedly in subsequent decades, with changes expanding the classes of workers covered; raising the minimum wage; redefining regular-time work and raising overtime payments so as to encourage the hiring of new workers, as opposed to the loading of extra work on the lowest-paid; and equalizing pay scales for men and women.
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Tomorrow your employee can use his cell-phone to work-off-the-clock in violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act, send inappropriate texts to a coworker in violation of your company's sexual harassment policy, post comments on social media criticizing your company--and even you--in a way that is protected under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA), download an email containing confidential company information to his personal account and lawfully record (unbeknownst to you) work conversations all before lunch.
But on June 25, 1938, President Roosevelt signed the Fair Labor Standards Act. The Supreme Court, which by 1941 included half a dozen Roosevelt appointees, unanimously upheld the law.
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The federal Fair Labor Standards Act establishes rules governing child labor.
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