is a federal law that addresses the minimum wage, record keeping, overtime pay,
and child labor standards that impact full-time and part-time workers in all
sectors: both public and private. All employees that hold positions eligible for
overtime provisions are governed by the FLSA. Any hours exceeding 40 during a
working week means that reception of overtime is eligible.
Challenge facing FLSA
biggest challenge facing the FLSA currently is the fact that employers need to
constantly check if they are conformity with the law. In a fast flexible and
changing workplace, sometimes the law seems inapplicable in different
scenarios. The challenges met are practical in the workplaces while the
guidelines are not very apparent to comprehend e.g.. Workers sometimes perform
a variety of duties in the workplace. Now, this becomes a problem when
categorizing them as either exempt or not exempt from the law. This is normally
based on a subjective measure of a practical situation. In cases like these,
compliance as per the law may cost the employer very high legal costs. Prohibitive
costs affect business ventures, leading to poor production. Also, to avoid
fines and high charges, an employer is forced to work slowly and cautiously
making sure that the categories that the employees are in are definite and
concrete. Otherwise, in a mix-up situation, the employer has a lot to lose.
challenge should be approached carefully. All areas of the law that are not
applicable should be reviewed and revised to accommodate more on the employers’
side (Waterfill, 2006). This way clarity can be sought out. Employers will
benefit from the amended version making it easier to classify and offer more
while doing more in their respective fields.