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An Overview of the Fair Labor Standards Act



The Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938, as amended (referred to as "the Act" or "FLSA"), is published in law in sections 201-219 of title 29, United States Code. The Act provides for minimum standards for both wages and overtime entitlement, and spells out administrative procedures by which covered worktime must be compensated. Included in the Act are provisions related to child labor, equal pay, and portal-to-portal activities. In addition, the Act exempts specified employees or groups of employees from the application of certain of its provisions.

Section 3(e)(2) of the Act authorizes the provisions of the Act to be applied any person employed by the Government of the United States, as specified in that section. Section 4(f) of the Act authorizes the U.S. Office of Personnel Management to administer the provisions of the Act with respect to any person employed by a Federal agency, except as described on the "Who Does What" page.

OPM's FLSA regulations are published in part 551 of title 5, Code of Federal Regulations. Changes to the Code of Federal Regulations are published in the Federal Register.

You may not file an FLSA claim electronically
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Created July 1, 1998