Wages - Department of Labor
The Department of Labor enforces the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), which sets basic minimum wage and overtime pay standards. These standards are enforced by the Department's Wage and Hour Division.
Current Minimum Wage: $7.25 per hour
- Applies to workers covered by the FLSA
- Effective as of July 24, 2009
Overtime Pay: Not less than one and one-half times regular rate of pay
- Required after 40 hours of work in a workweek.
- Certain exemptions apply to specific types of businesses or specific types of work.
- Minimum Wage by State (Interactive map)
Fair Labor Standards Act
- Severance pay
- Sick leave
- Benefits such as educational assistance, life insurance, or travel accident insurance are generally a matter of agreement between an employer and an employee (or the employee's representative).
In addition to the FLSA, the Wage and Hour Division enforces other labor laws related to wage payment. Among these are:
- The FLSA does not address nonproduction cash bonuses, payments that are not production-based. These bonuses are generally a matter of agreement between an employer and an employee (or the employee's representative).
- the Davis-Bacon and Related Acts, which require payment of prevailing wage rates and fringe benefits on federally-financed or assisted construction;
- the Service Contract Act, which requires payment of prevailing wage rates and fringe benefits on contracts to provide services to the federal government;
- the Contract Work Hours and Safety Standards Act, which sets overtime standards for most federal service contracts, federally funded construction contracts, and federal supply contracts over $100,000; and
- the Walsh-Healey Public Contracts Act, which requires payment of minimum wage rates and overtime pay on federal contracts to manufacture or provide goods to the federal government.The Immigration and Nationality Act of 1990 applies to employers seeking to hire nonimmigrant aliens as workers in specialty occupations under H-1B visas.
Disclaimer: This article is not a substitute for legal advice. Call Dolina/Hobbs at (301)739-1013 to schedule a free consultation or click here to contact us. See the Wage and Hour Division's information on wages and hours worked.