Wages and Hours
Work Hours and
Other Pay Issues
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
- 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.
- 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.