Flexible Schedules

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 U.S. Department of Labor has conducted numerous surveys and published articles and reports on the subject.

Webpages on this Topic

"When Can an Employee's Scheduled Hours of Work Be Changed?"
Information about work hours from the elaws FLSA Advisor.

Coverage Under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) Fact Sheet
General information about who is covered by the FLSA.

Women's Bureau Access to Leave and Job Flexibilities data
Data on how access to and use of leave and job flexibilities varies by sex, race and Hispanic origin, age, educational attainment and occupational grouping.