Pay and Benefits
DOL administers a number of laws that impact the pay and benefits of the nation's workers.
DOL's Wage and Hour Division (WHD) administers and enforces the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), which requires employers to pay covered employees who are not otherwise exempt at least the federal minimum wage and overtime pay for all hours over 40 in a workweek. The FLSA affects most private and public employment. Other DOL agencies, such as the Veterans' Employment and Training Service (VETS) and Employment and Training Administration (ETA), also help administer laws impacting workers' pay and benefits.
WHD also administers the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), which provides certain employees with up to 12 weeks of unpaid, job-protected leave per year for specified family and medical reasons and requires that group health benefits be maintained during the leave.
In addition, DOL's Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) administers the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) as it applies to the administration of employee retirement and group health benefit plans.
Use the resources on this page to learn more about DOL's pay and benefit requirements.
Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) Advisor
Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) Coverage and Employment Status Advisor
Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) Overtime Calculator Advisor
Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) Overtime Security Advisor
Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) Hours Worked Advisor
Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) Section 14(c) Advisor
Helps employers, employees and their family members understand FLSA Section 14(c), which authorizes employers, after receiving a certificate from DOL, to pay less than the federal minimum wage to workers who have disabilities for the work being performed.
ERISA Fiduciary Advisor
Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) Advisor
Health Benefits Advisor for Employers
Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA) Advisor
Helps employers and employees understand their rights and responsibilities under USERRA and provides a notice that employers may post or distribute to fulfill their requirement to notify employees of their rights and benefits under the Act.
Health Benefits Advisor
Helps employees and their families make informed decisions about their employer-based health benefits, particularly when facing life and work changes such as marriage, childbirth, death, divorce, job loss, a new job or retirement.
Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN) Advisor
This Advisor helps employers and workers understand the requirements of WARN, a law that, in certain circumstances, requires employers to provide advance notification of layoffs and plant closings in order to provide workers with sufficient time to seek other employment or retraining opportunities.
For more information about Pay and Benefits, see:
- Wage and Hour Division (WHD)
- Employment Benefits Security Administration (EBSA)
- Veterans' Employment and Training Service (VETS)