Employees covered under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), who are nonexempt, are entitled to receive a minimum wage of $7.25 per hour, effective July 24, 2009. In Florida, the minimum wage is higher and the higher rate should be applied.
Employees covered by the FLSA must be paid overtime at a rate of one and one-half times their regular rates of pay for all hours worked in excess of 40 hours in a workweek.
The FLSA contains several exemptions from these basic provisions. Some apply to specific types of businesses, others apply to specific kinds of work.
The FLSA does not require:
- Vacation, holiday, severance, or sick pay.
- Meal or rest periods, holidays off, or vacations.
- Premium pay for weekend or holiday work.
- Pay raises or fringe benefits.
- A discharge notice, reason for discharge, or immediate payment of final wages to terminated employees.