Fair Labor Standards Act 101: A Primer for Small Businesses

A white paper by Theresa Lynn Sidebotham, Esq. and Jessica Ross, Esq. which gives an overview of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and how it can affect small businesses.


The Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”) was originally passed in response to abuse of workers in the Industrial Revolution. It was intended to make sure that workers got paid for overtime, got paid a living wage, and that children were protected. FLSA governs equal pay, minimum wage, overtime, and record-keeping requirements for most employers in the U.S. Though the law has been in effect for decades, small businesses see it as difficult to implement and confusing.

Download this white paper for a general overview of FLSA, explaining how a business or its employees may be subject to the Act, how common exemptions from the law work, and what is required of businesses to ensure compliance.

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Because of the generality of the information on this site, it may not apply to a given place, time, or set of facts. It is not intended to be legal advice, and should not be acted upon without specific legal advice based on particular situations