Wages and Hours
Work Hours and
Other Pay Issues
|| Frequently Asked Questions
The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) does not require payment for vacations, sick leave or holidays (federal or otherwise). These benefits are
matters of agreement between an employer and an employee (or the employee's
representative). Also, if an employee quits his/her job before using all of
his/her sick leave, under the FLSA the employer is not obligated to pay him/her for that
The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) provides covered and eligible employees up to 12 weeks of unpaid
leave for certain medical situations of either the employee or a member of the
employee's immediate family; however, in many instances paid leave may be
substituted for unpaid FMLA leave.
The FLSA and FMLA are administered and enforced by the Wage and Hour Division of the Employment Standards Administration.
- elaws FLSA
Advisor - Addresses key wage and hour
topics, including detailed explanations of what activities do and do not
constitute time for which employees must be compensated, including time off
from work due to illness.
- The Fair Labor
Standards Act (FLSA) - Establishes minimum wages, overtime pay, recordkeeping and child labor standards for private sector and government
The Family & Medical Leave Act (FMLA) - Provides an entitlement of up to 12 weeks of job-protected, unpaid leave during any 12-month period to eligible, covered employees for the following reasons: 1) Birth and care of the eligible employee's child, or placement for adoption or foster care of a child with the employee; 2) Care of an immediate family member (spouse, child, parent) who has a serious health condition; or 3) Care of the employee's own serious health condition.
- 29 CFR Part 825 - Regulations pertaining to the FMLA.
- State Labor Laws - Links to comparisons of state laws. Whether or not holidays, vacations or sick
time must be granted to employees may be determined under
the laws of a state.
- Employment Standards Administration (ESA)
Wage and Hour Division
200 Constitution Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20210
Tel: 1-866-4USWAGE (1-866-487-9243)
- For questions on other DOL laws,
please call DOL's Toll-Free Help Line at 1-866-4-USA-DOL. Live assistance is available in English and Spanish, Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Additional service is available in more than 140 languages through a translation service.
*Pursuant to the U.S. Department of Labor's Confidentiality Protocol
for Compliance Assistance Inquiries, information provided by a telephone caller
will be kept confidential within the bounds of the law. Compliance assistance
inquiries will not trigger an inspection, audit, investigation, etc.