The Fair Labor Standards Act was instituted during the Depression Era, a time when employees had finally built enough collective bargaining power to bring the needs of working individuals to the ears of federal legislators. FLSA protects workers today by ensuring regulations on legal limits on hours worked, minimum wage requirements, and paid overtime are observed. FLSA may also apply to time spent traveling or doing other work outside the workplace on behalf of an employer by a nonexempt employee. Any employee who has been misclassified in their employment status with an employer may also have a claim based on FLSA, such as being termed an “independent contractor”.
Eiss Massillon can help employers understand and implement FLSA standards. We are also experienced in representing both employers and employees in FLSA claims.
(Source: US Department of Labor, 2013; http://www.dol.gov/whd/regs/compliance/hrg.htm)