A flexible work schedule is an alternative to the traditional 9 to
5, 40-hour work week. It allows employees to vary their arrival and/or
departure times. Under some policies, employees must work a prescribed number
of hours a pay period and be present during a daily "core time." The
Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)
does not address flexible work schedules. Alternative work arrangements such as
flexible work schedules are a matter of agreement between the employer and the
employee (or the employee's representative). The Department of Labor has
conducted numerous surveys and published articles and reports on the
DOL Web Pages on This
"When Can an
Employees Scheduled Hours of Work Be Changed?"
work hours from the elaws FLSA Advisor.
Flexible and Shift Schedules
of Flexible Work Schedules Increases"
A Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) Monthly Labor
Review article stating that from 1991 to 1997, the percentage of full-time wage
and salary workers with flexible work schedules on their principal job
increased from 15.1 percent to 27.6 percent.
Schedules and Shift Work: Replacing the '9-To-5' Workday?"
from BLS Monthly Labor Review Online.
BLS Reports on Workers on Flexible and Shift Schedules
A report from
the Bureau of Labor Statistics on the trend towards flexible work schedules.
Article: "Workers with Longer Workweeks Often Earn More Per Hour"
Article published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics stating that the weekly
earnings of workers who work an extended workweek (between 45 and 99 hours)
earn at least 32% more money than those who work a standard workweek (between
35 and 44 hours).
Coverage Under the
Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) Fact Sheet
General information about
who is covered by the FLSA.