Flsa Training

Written by Jacey Harmon
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In 1938 the Federal Government enacted the Fair Labor Standards Act. The Act created provisions regarding labor standards, minimum and overtime pay, and child labor protection. Most jobs are governed by FLSA but a few are excluded or exempt. Jobs governed by other laws are typically excluded and a few that are specifically named in the statute are excluded from coverage.

Child labor standards were created by the law to protect young children from unscrupulous employers. Children under the age of 18 are covered and are allowed to work specific hours only in selected industries. Federal minimum wage was established through FLSA but allows for provisions of certain employees to be paid a lower amount than minimum wage. The law also set the standard for overtime pay but again exemptions and loopholes were put in place.

Making Sense of FLSA Regulations and Exemptions

The many different regulations, definitions, and exemptions provided through FLSA can make understanding the law a little complex. Knowing each facet of the law is a daunting task for one that is not experienced in labor laws. Reading the text of the law is a bit confusing as the legalese can cross a person's eyes. For the inexperienced and legalese illiterate there are several training courses available that provide in depth information of the regulations and definitions of FLSA.

To be totally compliant with the law requires an individual to have a full understanding of labor regulations. Courses will provide the necessary understanding of the law to ensure an organization is compliant. Topics include understanding the definitions and various exemptions the law stipulates. Taking a course to get a full understanding is great insurance against future complaints and any fines or negative press that may result from non-compliance.

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