Wages and Hours Worked:
Work Hours and Other Pay Issues
A flexible work schedule is an alternative to the traditional "9-to-5", 40-hour work week, allowing employees to vary their arrival and/or departure times. Under some flexible schedule policies, employees must work a certain number of hours a pay period and be present during a daily "core time". The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) does not address such flexible work schedules; rather, they are generally a matter of agreement between the employer and the employee (or the employee's representative). The FLSA is administered and enforced by the Wage and Hour Division of the Employment Standards Administration.
- Handy Reference Guide to the Fair Labor Standards Act - Answers many questions about the FLSA, including what the Act does and does not require.
- elaws FLSA Advisor - Provides information that addresses key wage and hour topics, including a frequently asked question about when an employee's scheduled hours of work can be changed.
- The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) - Establishes minimum wages, overtime pay, recordkeeping and child labor standards for private sector and government workers.
- Job Sharing Subtopic - Provides information about an alternative scheduling arrangement called Job Sharing - when two (or more) workers share the duties of one full-time job, each working part time, or two or more workers who have unrelated part-time assignments share the same budget line.
- Wage and Hour Division
200 Constitution Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20210
Tel: 1-866-4USWAGE (1-866-487-9243)
- For questions on other DOL laws,
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