A flexible work schedule is an alternative to the traditional 9 to 5, 40-hour work week. It allows employees to vary their arrival and/or departure times. Under some policies, employees must work a prescribed number of hours a pay period and be present during a daily "core time." The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) does not address flexible work schedules. Alternative work arrangements such as flexible work schedules are a matter of agreement between the employer and the employee (or the employee's representative). The Department of Labor has conducted numerous surveys and published articles and reports on the subject.
"When Can an
Employees Scheduled Hours of Work Be Changed?"
Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) Reports on Workers on Flexible and Shift
BLS' Monthly Labor Review Online (MLR) article stating that from 1991 to 1997, the percentage of full-time wage and salary workers with flexible work schedules on their principal job increased from 15.1 percent to 27.6 percent.
Article: "Over One Quarter of Full-time Workers Have Flexible
Article: "Flexible Work Schedules: What Are We Trading Off to Get
Article: "Executives most likely to have flexible work hours"
Article: "Flexible Schedules and Shift Work: Replacing the '9-To-5'
Article: "Incidence of Flexible Work Schedules Increases"
"Workers with Longer Workweeks Often Earn More Per Hour"
Coverage Under the
Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) Fact Sheet