Definition of Fair Labor Standards Act

The Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 is a labor law passed by the United States that protects the minimum wage or overtime pay of an employee who is working for more than 40 hours a week. The minimum wage is set to $7.25 per hour effecting from July 24, 2009. This act also prohibits the employment of child labor.


It applies to employees who are engaged in commerce business or production of the good for the commercial purpose unless the employer claims to be exempted from the coverage of this law.

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