FLSA requires employers to pay at least time and a half wages (1.5 times the normal rate of pay) when a worker labors more than 40 hours in a week. However, not all employees are covered under the overtime pay provisions. In other words, many employees—for example professionals—are not subject to the overtime pay provision. For more information about overtime pay, review the Department of Labor’s “Fact Sheet” about overtime pay under FLSA at http://www.dol.gov/esa/whd/regs/compliance/whdfs23.pdf.
The Fair Labor Standards Act established a minimum wage in 1938, so that low-skilled laborer could better earn a livable income (iStock).