Labor laws and overtime pay are administered by the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), which is overseen by the Wage and Hour Division (WHD). The Act enforces regulations for labor laws including overtime pay, child labor, minimum wages, and recordkeeping. These regulations affect more than 130 million employees nationwide, both part-time and full-time, in the public and private sectors.

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The FLSA applies to businesses with workers who are involved in interstate commerce, and those who:

  • Produce merchandise goods for interstate commerce
  • Sell, handle, or work on materials or merchandise that have been produced for or moved in interstate commerce
  • Schools for children who are physically or mentally disabled or gifted
  • Workers of companies that do not meet the $500,000 annual dollar volume test
  • And much more

The Fair Labor Standard Act also protects a variety of workers that work in domestic fields if they receive at least $1,700 in cash earnings from one employer in a calendar year (the calendar year is adjusted annually by the Social Security Administration) or if their work exceeds a total of beyond eight hours weekly from one or more employers. Some of these workers include the following:

  • Housekeepers
  • Chefs
  • Full-time Babysitters
  • Day Workers
  • Chauffeurs

Keep in mind that the Fair Labor Standards Act exempts some workers from its minimum wage and overtime pay regulations, meaning that not all employees in the nation are protected from specific labor and overtime laws. Additionally, the act also exempts specific workers from the overtime pay provisions only. Chances are, however, you do qualify for the protection offered by the act—more people qualify than don’t. Since the exemptions are specifically defined and each case is looked at differently, workers should check the specific conditions and terms that surround their specific job situation by contacting a lawyer.


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