Fair Standards Labor Act and the Workforce

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Signed into law along with the rest of the New Deal by FDR in 1938, the Fair Labor Standards Act is perhaps the single most important piece of America legislation with regards to worker's rights. Borne out of the ravages of the Great Depression, the initial aim of the Fair Labor Standards Act was simple: to curtail the abuses that had been perpetuated on the laborers of the United States for far too long.
The Fair Labor Standards Act is credited with three major large-scale social shifts. It established the minimum wage, and thus the idea that a wage should be capable of supporting the person who earns it. It introduced overtime pay, and with it, created the concept of a 40-hour workweek (though it was 44 hours at first). Before the 40-hour workweek, employers would regularly force employees to work long, long hours with little compensation. Some workers would collapse or even die due to the long hours required.
Finally, the Fair Labor Standards Act outlawed the horrific practice of child labor. During the Industrial Revolution, child labor became particularly useful and particularly exploitable, leading to gross abuses and inhumane conditions. As a result, the Fair Labor Standards Act outlawed use of child labor. This course will be a close examination of the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Department of Labor (the department responsible for enforcing it), and of the other labor laws that govern the relationship between employee and employer.
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Lesson 1: Introduction to the Fair Labor Standards Act

The struggle between labor and capital has been a constant source of conflict within our modern economic landscape, but that struggle is far from new. Go back as far as you can in history, and the same struggles play out in different economic systems. 10 Total Points
  • Review Article: Who is Covered by the Fair Labor Standards Act?
  • Take Survey: Reasons for Taking this Course
  • Complete: Lesson 1 Quiz

Lesson 2: The Role of the DOL and the FLSA

Signing a bill into law doesn't mean that it suddenly is made the case across the country. Laws mean nothing without enforcement, and the same is true for the Fair Labor Standards Act. The part of the government responsible for enforcing the FLSA is known as the Department of Labor, or the DOL. 10 Total Points
  • Review 3 Articles: Summary of the Major Laws of the Department of Labor; DOL Agencies; U.S. Department of Labor What It Does for You
  • Complete: Lesson 2 Quiz

Lesson 3: Fair Labor Standards Act Principles

Every law is made up of two existential parts: the letter of the law, and the spirit of the law. Laws are written to address a need: legislators have a specific goal or a societal issue that must be fixed, and they write the law with the intention of accomplishing that goal or fixing/mitigating that societal issue. 10 Total Points
  • Review 2 Articles: Fair Labor Standards Act in United States History; Principles of Labor Law
  • Complete: Lesson 3 Quiz

Lesson 4: Time-Of-Payment Requirements

The Fair Labor Standards Act dictates more than just simply the wages paid or the overtime increase. There are specific clauses in the law that also dictate a number of aspects around how you can get paid. 10 Total Points
  • Review 3 Articles: Wages and Time of Payment; 4 Types of Payment You Might Consider for Employees; Regular Rate ? FLSA
  • Complete: Lesson 4 Quiz

Lesson 5: The Minimum Wage

For most people, the minimum wage requirements are the most well-known part of the Fair Labor Standards Act. Overtime pay is something that is not only very conditional, but also something that is only afforded to full time workers, which are becoming more and more rare as businesses choose to hire more part time employees. 9 Total Points
  • Review 4 Articles: Why We Need A Minimum Wage; History of Minimum Wage; Exceptions To The Federal Minimum Wage Law; An Economist's 10 Objections to the Minimum Wage
  • Complete: Lesson 5 Quiz

Lesson 6: Child Labor

In modern times America, the idea of children being forced to work is completely unacceptable. There is an understanding that children are vulnerable and easily exploited, and that to force them to work is not only potentially dangerous and bad for their health, it also interferes with a child's proper development and robs them of having a true childhood. 10 Total Points
  • Review 3 Articles: History of child labor in the United States?part 1: little children working; Youth and Labor; Exceptions to Child Labor Laws
  • Complete: Lesson 6 Quiz

Lesson 7: Overtime Pay

Per the provisions set forth by the Fair Labor Standards Act, employers are required to pay overtime pay to any employees who work more than 40 hours in one week. 10 Total Points
  • Review 3 Articles: Your Step-by-Step Guide to Calculating Overtime Pay; Overtime Exemptions; Exempt vs Non-Exempt Employees - Overtime Rules
  • Complete: Lesson 7 Quiz

Lesson 8: Basic Hours Worked Issues

Many of the issues that employers and employees will run into involving hours worked are about the day to day actions of employees. 10 Total Points
  • Review 5 Articles: Irregular Work Scheduling and Its Consequences; Did You Bring Your Ethics to Work Today?; Unapproved Hours Worked and Time and Attendance Policies; Managing Employee Attendance; Do I Get Paid for Mandatory Meetings?
  • Complete: Lesson 8 Quiz

Lesson 9: Exceptions and Unusual Cases

Due to the complex nature of different types of employment, it has not proven possible for the hourly pay and overtime provisions set down by the Fair Labor Standards Act to be 100% applicable to all situations. 10 Total Points
  • Review 3 Articles: Extended Unusual Work Shifts; Fair Labor Standards Act ? When sleeping time is considered hours worked; Requirements For A Valid "Belo Contract" Under The Federal Fair Labor Standards Act
  • Complete: Lesson 9 Quiz

Lesson 10: Federal vs. State Protections

Labor laws present an interesting exception to the way that things are usually conducted between the federal and state level governments. Normally, federal laws supersede state laws wherever relevant. 10 Total Points
  • Review 3 Articles: The Differences between Federal, State, and Local Laws; What is the Difference Between State vs. Federal Laws for Employment Disputes?; Do State Labor Laws Supercede Federal Labor Laws?
  • Complete: Lesson 10 Quiz

Lesson 11: Compensatory Time-off

Comp time is actually a relatively recent addition to the laws regarding overtime payments. An amendment to the FLSA was passed in 1985 that allowed public employers to offer comp time to their employees, instead of the regularly mandated pay for overtime that they had been previously due. 10 Total Points
  • Review 3 Articles: ?Comp Time?: The OTHER Form Of Overtime Compensation; Everything You Need To Know About Comp Time; Can An Employer Pay Comp Time Instead of Overtime?
  • Complete: Lesson 11 Quiz

Lesson 12: The Section 207(K) Exemption Rules

Employees who are employed by the state, whether they are at the local, state, or federal level, are still considered to be workers by the Fair Labor Standards Act. The FLSA still requires that public employees be paid at least minimum wage, except for the youth minimum wage exception, in addition to time and a half for any overtime hours that the public employees have worked. 10 Total Points
  • Review 2 Articles: Private Sector vs. Public Sector Employee Rights; Fact Sheet: Guidance on Applying FLSA Overtime Provisions to Law Enforcement Employees Receiving Administratively Uncontrollable Overtime Pay
  • Complete: Lesson 12 Quiz

Lesson 13: Employers and Employees Who are Exempt

Generally, the Fair Labor Standards Act will apply to most workers. It is designed to be a wide reaching protection for laborers against being exploited, and it wouldn't be very effective at that if it didn't cover most workers. 10 Total Points
  • Review 4 Articles: Exemptions- Fair Labor Standards Act Advisor; Difference Between an Exempt and a Non-Exempt Employee; It Takes Two: Exempt Employees Must Meet Both Salary and Duties Tests; Complying With the FLSA Overtime Rules: The Duties Test
  • Complete: Lesson 13 Quiz

Lesson 14: Record Keeping Requirements

Easily the least impressive aspect of the original Fair Labor Standards Act is the record keeping requirements. The minimum wage was revolutionary, establishing the idea that people should be able to live comfortably off of their work, and not just be used as disposable labor. 10 Total Points
  • Review 3 Articles: Recordkeeping Requirements; How to Comply with Payroll Record-Keeping Requirements; Top 5 aspects that should be included in your employment contract
  • Complete: Lesson 14 Quiz

Lesson 15: Consequences of Violations

Without consequences, laws are meaningless. For many years now, authorities simply choosing not to enforce a law has been a form of nullifying outdated or unjust laws. Jury nullification, too, is an accepted practice of citizens choosing not to enforce a law in a particular instance. 84 Total Points
  • Take Poll: End of Course Poll
  • Take Survey: Course Comments
  • Take Survey: Program Evaluation Follow-up Survey (End of Course)
  • Complete: Lesson 15 Quiz
  • Complete: The Final Exam
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Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Define the Fair Labor Standards Act.
  • Define the role of the DOL and the FLSA.
  • Describe the Fair Labor Standards Act principles.
  • Summarize time-of-payment requirements.
  • Summarize the minimum wage regulations.
  • Summarize child labor regulations.
  • Summarize overtime pay regulations and basic hours worked issues.
  • Summarize exceptions and unusual cases.
  • Describe state protections.
  • Recognize compensatory time-off.
  • Describe the section 207(k) exemption rules.
  • Describe record keeping requirements.
  • Summarize consequences of violations, and
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.

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Course Title: Fair Standards Labor Act and the Workforce
Course Number: 9770531
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Lessons Rating: 4.9 / 5 Stars (439 votes)
Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countries
Course Type: Professional Development (Self-Paced, Online Class)
CEU Value: 0.6 IACET CEUs (Continuing Education Units)
CE Accreditation: Universal Class, Inc. has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).
Grading Policy: Earn a final grade of 70% or higher to receive an online/downloadable CEU Certification documenting CEUs earned.
Assessment Method: Lesson assignments and review exams
Instructor: Linda Zavadil
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