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  Flexible Schedules


A flexible work schedule is an alternative to the traditional "9-to-5", 40-hour work week, allowing employees to vary their arrival and/or departure times. Under some flexible schedule policies, employees must work a certain number of hours a pay period and be present during a daily "core time". The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) does not address such flexible work schedules; rather, they are generally a matter of agreement between the employer and the employee (or the employee's representative). The FLSA is administered and enforced by the Wage and Hour Division of the Employment Standards Administration.




  • elaws FLSA Advisor - Provides information that addresses key wage and hour topics, including a frequently asked question about when an employee's scheduled hours of work can be changed.



  • Job Sharing Subtopic - Provides information about an alternative scheduling arrangement called Job Sharing - when two (or more) workers share the duties of one full-time job, each working part time, or two or more workers who have unrelated part-time assignments share the same budget line.


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    Washington, DC 20210
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