The FLSA is a federal law that addresses minimum wage, record keeping, overtime pay, and child labor standards that impact full-time and part-time workers in all sectors: both public and private. All employees that hold positions eligible to overtime provisions are covered by the FLSA. Any hours exceeding 40 during a working week means that reception of overtime is eligible.
Greatest Challenge facing FLSA
The biggest challenge facing the FLSA currently is the fact that employers need to constantly check if they are compliant with the law. In a fast flexible and changing workplace, sometimes the law seems inapplicable in different scenarios. The challenges met are practical in the workplaces while the guidelines are a little vague and not clear to comprehend e.g.. Employees sometimes perform a variety of duties in the workplace. Now this becomes a problem when categorizing them as either exempt or not exempt from the law. This is normally based on a subjective measure in a practical situation. In cases like these, compliance as per the law may cost the employer very high legal costs. High costs affect business ventures, leading to poor production. Also, to avoid fines and high charges, an employer is force to work slowly and cautiously making sure that the categories that the employees are in are definite and concrete. Otherwise in a mix-up situation, the employer stands to lose.
Approaching the challenge
The challenge should be approached carefully. All areas of the law that are not applicable should be reviewed and revised to accommodate more on the employers’ side (Waterfill, 2006). This way clarity can be sought out. Employers will benefit from the revised version making it easier to classify, and offer more while doing more in their respectful fields.