The United States Department of Labor Laws

798 Words Jan 29th, 2018 3 Pages
Americans are protected under these laws from injustices that may occur in the work place. There are over a hundred different laws that have been created by the government and that companies are mandated to adhere by.
One law that many employers teeter the line on crossing on day to day bases is the Fair Labor Standards Act. This law “prescribes standards for wages and overtime pay, 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. For nonagricultural operations, it restricts the hours that children under age 16 can work and forbids the employment of children under age 18 in certain jobs deemed too dangerous. For agricultural operations, it prohibits the employment of children under age 16 during school hours and in certain jobs deemed too dangerous” (Summary of the Major Laws of the Department of Labor). I personally have held positions that I thought were promotions but once in the actual job found out that I am working twenty to thirty hours more a week and in hindsight bringing in less income. This happens to employee’s everyday and employers make these employees salary so that they do not have to pay them increase wages. It happens more in this day and time because…
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