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Wage and Hour Divison

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The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) prescribes wages and overtime pay standards, which affect most private and public employment.


The act is administered by the Wage and Hour Division.

It requires employers to pay covered employees who are not otherwise exempt at least the federal minimum wage and overtime pay of one-and-one-half-times the regular rate of pay.

Non-agricultural operations restrict the hour’s children under age 16 can work and forbids the employment of children under age 18 in specific jobs deemed too dangerous.

It prohibits the employment of children under age 16 during school hours and in specific jobs deemed too dangerous for agricultural operations.

The Wage and Hour Division also enforces the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) that applies to aliens authorized to work in the U.S. under specific visa programs.

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