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Hours Worked Principles and FLSA Section 14(c)

The FLSA defines the term “employ” as “suffer or permit to work.” Suffer or permit to work means that if an employer requires or allows employees to work, the time spent is generally hours worked. Detailed guidelines have been developed to help employers determine what are “hours worked” under the FLSA. These may be reviewed by visiting the elaws FLSA Hours Worked Advisor.

As a rule, the same guidelines used to determine what are “hours worked” for the general workforce—including staff employed by community rehabilitation programs and work centers—apply to workers with disabilities who are paid special minimum wages (SMWs) under FLSA Section 14(c), but there are some areas that may warrant clarification.

For general information about hours worked principles and the payment of SMWs to workers with disabilities under FLSA Section 14(c), read Fact Sheet 39C, Hours Worked and the Payment of Special Minimum Wages to Workers with Disabilities under Section 14(c) of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

For specific information about hours worked principles and the payment of SMWs to workers with disabilities under FLSA Section 14(c), select one of the following:

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