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 Merit Pay


Merit pay, also known as pay-for-performance, is defined as an increase in pay based on a set of criteria set by the employer. This usually involves the employer conducting a review and meeting with the employee to discuss the employee's work performance during a certain time period. The provision of merit pay is a matter between an employer and an employee (or the employee's representative). The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) does not require or address the issue of merit pay. The FLSA is administered and enforced by the Wage and Hour Division of the Employment Standards Administration.




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    Wage and Hour Division
    200 Constitution Avenue, NW
    Room S-3502
    Washington, DC 20210
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    TTY: 1-877-889-5627
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