Confused About What the FLSA Does NOT Require?

/ 10/13/2012

The Fair Labor Standards Act is a federal law that sets basic minimum wage and overtime pay standards. It also establishes recordkeeping and child labor standards. While some exemptions exist, the FLSA applies to most workers in the private sector as well as in federal, state, and local governments.


Many employers and employees alike express confusion about what the FLSA does and does not require. This confusion may be attributed to a misunderstanding about state laws that overlap with the FLSA or to a mistaken belief that a company’s policies track and represent the “law.”


In actuality, the FLSA does not regulate many employment practices. For example, the FLSA does not require an employer to provide:
• Vacation pay,
• Holiday pay,
• Severance pay,
• Sick leave pay,
• Holidays off,
• Pay raises,
• Fringe benefits,
• Discharge notices, or
• Immediate payment of final wages to terminated employees.


The FLSA also does not limit the number of hours per day or the number of days per week that an employee may be required to work.


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