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OSHA & FLSA: Importance and case examples

This assignment focuses on two laws critical to both employees and employers.

FLSA:

What is one aspect of FLSA that is important to work life today?

What was the role of the collective voice in establishing this important area of the law?

OSHA: Search for a case where OSHA fined the employer for some wrongdoing where an injury was involved.

Summarize your findings in a brief essay, answering these questions.

Why was the employer fined?
What happened to the employee?
Was the union involved? If so, what was its involvement?
What would you recommend to prevent similar situations in the future?

Please include references

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FLSA:

What is one aspect of FLSA that is important to work life today?

The government's own Department of Labor website clearly states the driving force behind the development of the Fair Labor Standards Act. "The FLSA establishes minimum wage, overtime pay, recordkeeping, and youth employment standards affecting employees in the private sector and in Federal, State, and local governments" (Compliance Assistance - Fair Labor Standards Act, 2008). Most recently it included scheduled increases to the Minimum Wage in 2007 and 2008, with another increase planned for July 24, 2009.

But, what is likely the most important element that impacts a worker's home life is that the FLSA governs how non-exempt workers are compensated for overtime. "Covered nonexempt employees must receive overtime pay for hours worked over 40 per workweek (any fixed and regularly recurring period of 168 hours ? seven consecutive 24-hour periods) at a rate not less than one and one-half times the regular rate of pay" (Compliance Assistance - Fair Labor Standards Act, 2008).

What was the role of the collective voice in establishing this important area of the law?

What eventually came about after the introduction of the Fair Labor Standards Act were class action lawsuits by hundreds, or even thousands, of workers who had been working in standards that didn't comply with the Act's guidelines. Oddly enough, even large corporations such as Wal-Mart neglected to follow the law, ...

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