Fair Labour Standards Act FLSA

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Definition: Fair Labour Standards Act FLSA

The FLSA was established as a law in the U.S. in 1938. This law was drafted by Senator Hugo Black.It is valid in most private and public sector organizations.

This act had introduced the concept of a 44 hour work-week and had set standards for overtime, minimum wage, etc. It stated that the employers must pay their employees atleast a minimum wage as per the law. It also stated that the overtime rate shall be one and a half times the regular payrate. It also protects the minors by prohibiting their employment in non-agricultural jobs or the jobs that are deemed as dangerous. Moreover, it states that minors should not be employed in agricultural jobs during school hours.


Eg – As per this act, minors should not be employed in a cracker manufacturing unit as any mishap in the factory can prove to be fatal for them. If minors are found to be employed in such a factory, then the owner is liable to be punished as per the law.


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