The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) is one of the many items that employers must comply with. Violation of the FLSA can carry with it hefty fines and possible imprisonment. Therefore, having solid knowledge of all that is involved in the FLSA is key to ensuring that employers will avoid any and all violations.
According to the U.S. Department of Labor, “The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) establishes minimum wage, overtime pay, recordkeeping, and child labor standards affecting full-time and part-time workers in the private sector and in Federal, State, and local governments.” (Website: U.S. Department of Labor, Wage and Hour Division)
Employers would be wise to be aware of the fines and consequences involved with violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act:
- Willful violations may be prosecuted criminally and the violator fined up to $10,000.
- A second conviction may result in imprisonment.
- Violators of the child labor provisions are subject to a civil money penalty of up to $10,000 for each employee who was the subject of a violation.
- Employers who willfully or repeatedly violate the minimum wage or overtime pay requirements are subject to a civil money penalty of up to $1,000 for each violation.
- The FLSA prohibits the shipment of goods in interstate commerce which was produced in violation of the minimum wage, overtime pay, child labor, or special minimum wage provisions.
Avoiding all violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act is of critical importance, and yet employers may feel frustrated in keeping up with the various points of the law. Because the FLSA is only one of many items that employers are responsible for complying with, they can often feel lost in the minute details of the various laws---not to mention the fact that these laws are subject to change. And yet noncompliance to these items can result in substantial fines, penalties, and possible imprisonment. This makes it essential for employers to understand and comply with each item of the law as it applies to them.
At pinnaclesolveshr, we make it our priority to thoroughly understand each and every item of these laws and to ensure that employers are compliant at every point. With our expertise and experience, we can help employers avoid the violations of the FLSA as well as other compliance items.
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