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FLSA Introduction

  • The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) is a federal law that establishes minimum wage, overtime pay, and recordkeeping requirements for employees in the private sector and in federal, state, and local governments. Teaching faculty and certain other positions are exempted from the overtime pay requirements of the FLSA.
  • The Department of Labor (DOL) relies on salary level and other factors such as job duties to determine which employees are protected by the FLSA’s minimum wage and overtime regulations (referred to as non-exempt employees), and which employees are exempt from the minimum wage and overtime regulations. The Department has updated the salary level requirements seven times since 1938.