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November 5, 2008    DOL Home > elaws Advisors   
elaws: Employment Laws Assistance for Workers & Small Businesses

Pay & Benefits

DOL administers a number of laws that impact the pay and benefits of the nation's workers.

DOL's Employment Standards Administration's Wage and Hour Division administers and enforces the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), which requires employers to pay covered employees who are not otherwise exempt, at least the federal minimum wage and overtime pay for all hours worked over 40 in a workweek. The FLSA affects most private and public employment.

The Wage and Hour Division also administers and enforces the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), which provides certain employees with up to 12 weeks of unpaid, job-protected leave per year for specified family and medical reasons and requires that group health benefits be maintained during the leave.

In addition, DOL's Employee Benefits Security Administration administers the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) as it applies to the administration of employee retirement and group health benefit plans.

Use the resources on this page to learn more about pay and benefit issues. Please note that elaws Advisors have not yet been built for every DOL law and regulation. Therefore, your issue may also be covered under laws not addressed by this Web site.

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