What is the Fair Labor Standards Act?

By Douglas Lipsky

The Fair Labor Standards Act is the federal law that says employees are entitled to be paid minimum wage and overtime equaling time-and-a-half the regular rate for every hour they work over 40. The law begins with presumption that everyone is entitled to overtime and carves out exemptions from that. If you do not fall with them on those exemptions your employers legally require to pay you time and a half for every hour you work over 40.

About the Author
Douglas Lipsky is a co-founding partner of Lipsky Lowe LLP. He has extensive experience in all areas of employment law, including discrimination, sexual harassment, hostile work environment, retaliation, wrongful discharge, breach of contract, unpaid overtime, and unpaid tips. He also represents clients in complex wage and hour claims, including collective actions under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act and class actions under the laws of many different states. If you have questions about this article, contact Douglas today.