This year marks 75 years since the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) was
passed. Although most workers have benefitted from this and other anti-discrimination
legislation, many employees still suffer from discrimination and other
work place inequities. The FLSA is pro-worker legislation that sets forth
certain minimum wage and overtime standards applicable to virtually all
U.S. employers. Although the FLSA covers a number of different areas,
including child labor laws, two key provisions of the FLSA impact just
about every employee who works for a wage in this country: (1) the minimum
wage provision and (2) the overtime provision. Pursuant to the FLSA, all
non-exempt workers are entitled to overtime pay at a rate of one and one-half
times their typical rate of pay.
If you have questions about wage and hour laws, or believe that you have
not been paid all that you deserve, it is important to consult with an
Atlanta wage and hour lawyer right away.
According to the Wage and Hour Division of the Department of Labor, despite
important work place advances many workers still lack protections such
as those set forth in the family and medical leave act (FMLA). In fact,
one a chief economist explained that paid leave is necessary to protect
the millions of Americans every year who are forced to file for bankruptcy
due to their illness or the illness of a family member. The representative
further explained that the FMLA fails many working American families in
two important ways. First, because of restrictions setting forth who is
covered by the FMLA, many workers are not covered by the act. Close to
half of all FMLA-eligible employees who need leave don’t take it,
primarily because of the cost. Further, the lack of paid leave tends to
disproportionately affect lower income works. This disparity is even more
dramatic for women.
As attorneys dedicated to helping workers, we are excited to acknowledge
this important milestone but also understand we have much more to accomplish.
For more information about the FLSA or other employment discrimination
laws, or if you believe you may are not getting all the wages you are
entitled to, please contact the top
Georgia FLSA attorneys The Buckley Law Firm, LLC for an immediate consultation.