Fair Labor Standards Act
Explain the key provisions for the Fair Labor Standards Act and its significance to a healthcare manager or administrator. How could this law help me to achieve compliance in my own healthcare facility?
The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) is a law that was designed to set minimum wage standards, child labor laws, overtime pay regulations and established record keeping guidelines for those who it covers. An overview of the Act can be found at http://www.dol.gov/whd/regs/compliance/hrg.htm.
Not everyone is covered by the FLSA. In general, public employees (including hospitals and health care facilities), companies involved in interstate commerce, and companies with gross sales over $500,000 per year. If you own your own healthcare facility, you would want to be very familiar with both the FLSA and your state labor laws. For emergency personnel (fire, police, hospital) there are also special guidelines for compensatory time. Compensatory time (or Comp Time) is when you work overtime hours but are paid ...
This solution provides a brief overview of the main tenets of the Fair Labor Standards Act as well as examples of when state laws override them.