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 […]

Thinking of Hiring an Unpaid Summer Intern? Be Sure the Internship Meets These Requirements.

/ 03/31/2012 A frequent violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act concerns unpaid summer interns. Many business owners want to introduce students to their businesses, but, because of financial concerns, they hire the students as unpaid interns. According to the United States Department of Labor, however, unless the relationship meets certain criteria, an intern must […]

Can an Employer “Force” its Employees to Clock Out for a Lunch Break?

/ 08/22/2010 An employee subject to the Fair Labor Standards Act may wish to “work through lunch” so the employee can leave the workplace earlier.  But an employer can require an employee to take an unpaid lunch break, provided the employer completely relieves the employee of any work-related duties during that break time. The FLSA […]

Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals Rules on FLSA Issue

/ 06/18/2010 The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals recently ruled on a Fair Labor Standards Act matter.  Gagnon v. United Technisource, Inc., No. 09-20098 (5th Cir. May 27, 2010), available at  The plaintiff, a skilled craftsman, contracted with his employer to be paid $5.50 per hour for “straight time” and $20.00 per hour for […]