What distributors need to know about wage-hour laws
June 25, 2006
The 60-year-old federal Fair Labor Standards Act is known as the wage-hour law. Under the law, employers must pay employees at least the minimum wage for hours worked; must pay them 1.5 times their regular hourly rate for all time worked over 40 hours, unless they are exempt as defined by the law; and must keep accurate records of their daily and weekly hours worked.
Under the FLSA, meal periods (30 minutes or more) do not have to be treated as compensable work time. Short rest breaks on the other hand do. FLSA does not require breaks or meals, but some states do. Important: The federal law does not preempt oftentimes stricter local and state wage-hour provisions.
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