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Wages and Hours Worked:

Work Hours and Other Pay Issues

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Under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), the term “work hours” generally refers to time spent by employees performing work for their employers for which they are entitled to compensation. Federal laws pertaining to work hours are enforced by the Wage and Hour Division of the U.S. Department of Labor's Employment Standards Administration. This division enforces federal minimum wage, overtime pay, recordkeeping, and child labor requirements of the FLSA. It also administers laws relating to wage issues specific to government contracts. Discussion of these laws appears under the Wages Under Federal Contracts topic.

The Wage and Hour Division offers a range of guidance materials available on the subject of work hours. Choose from the subtopics above to find answers to your questions.

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