INTRODUCTION TO EXEMPTIONS FROM THE FAIR LABOR STANDARDS ACT, WORKING PAPER NUMBER 9

Since its enactment in 1938, the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) has contained provisions exempting specific groups of covered workers from minimum wage and maximum hour considerations. Currently, 42 exemptions completely exclude approximately 28 million workers from either the minimum wage and/or maximum hour provisions of the Act. In addition, approximately 700,000 workers, mostly full-time students, are legally hired at subminimum wages under provisions of various certification programs and employers of three million hospital and nursing home workers receive a partial exemption from overtime provisions which make allowance for specialized working conditions in this sector. Major amendments have been added six times: in 1949, 1955, 1959, 1966, 1974 and 1977. Amendments eliminating existing exemptions and introducing new ones were enacted each time with the exception of 1955 when only minimum wage rates were increased.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Minimum Wage Study Commission

    1430 K Street, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20005
  • Authors:
    • Fritsch, C F
  • Publication Date: 1980-9

Media Info

  • Pagination: 19 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00328453
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Files: NTIS, TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 15 1981 12:00AM