Fair Labor Standards Act: An Overview

Informational Memo

Published: April 19, 2021

FLSA Overview
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Describes the most common employee protections under this federal law requiring a minimum wage, and overtime compensation for extra hours worked under the Federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Understand city responsibilities for record keeping, child labor standards, how to define a workweek, and when you may offer compensatory time off in place of paid overtime and the differences between paying a salary or an hourly wage.